Implementation of innovative technologies in small-scale construction firms: five Australian case studies

Shelton, Jacquetta, Martek, Igor and Chen, Chuan 2016, Implementation of innovative technologies in small-scale construction firms: five Australian case studies, Engineering, construction and architectural management, vol. 23, no. 2, pp. 177-191, doi: 10.1108/ECAM-01-2015-0006.

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Title Implementation of innovative technologies in small-scale construction firms: five Australian case studies
Author(s) Shelton, Jacquetta
Martek, IgorORCID iD for Martek, Igor
Chen, Chuan
Journal name Engineering, construction and architectural management
Volume number 23
Issue number 2
Start page 177
End page 191
Total pages 15
Publisher Emerald
Place of publication Bingley, Eng.
Publication date 2016-03-21
ISSN 0969-9988
Keyword(s) Australia
construction works
construction systems
construction materials
construction operations
Summary Purpose - The users of construction technologies such as builders and trades people have been acknowledged as sources of potentially important innovations. These innovations may be in the form of safer, less labour intensive, or cheaper methods and processes. The purpose of this paper is to assess whether the Australian construction industry is providing an environment where user-based innovation is being supported and implemented. Design/methodology/approach - An explorative study was undertaken to provide an insight into actual experiences of the implementation of user-based innovation. The data were collected through faceto- face semi-structured interviews providing case studies on multiple aspects of the implementation of innovative construction technologies. The cases involved a cross section of advances, including product, tool, and system technologies. Findings - The main motivation behind developing the technologies was problem solving. The associated industries of manufacturing and retail, as well as consultants within the construction industry present the greatest barriers to implementation. Originality/value - This research provides a better understanding of the factors that are preventing the successful implementation of user-based innovative construction technologies in small firms.
Language eng
DOI 10.1108/ECAM-01-2015-0006
Field of Research 120201 Building Construction Management and Project Planning
Socio Economic Objective 970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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