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Leaders and champions for construction innovation


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  • C. H. Nam
  • C. B. Tatum
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    Based on empirical studies of the role of key individuals in the processes of ten successful innovations in the US construction industry, this paper makes three principal arguments. First, effective leadership is essential for technological innovation - in particular in construction. Second, technological competence is an utmost prerequisite for effective leadership for construction innovation - regardless of the size of the firm. In other words, an entrepreneurial role as a technical champion in a small firm does not change even as the firm grows. Lastly, the role of technical champion can be delegated only with slack resources and adequate power. This paper also highlights conclusions and practical applications to increase technological innovation in design and construction firms.

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    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Construction Management and Economics.

    Volume (Year): 15 (1997)
    Issue (Month): 3 ()
    Pages: 259-270

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    Handle: RePEc:taf:conmgt:v:15:y:1997:i:3:p:259-270

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    Keywords: Innovation; Leadership; Technology; Entrepreneurship;


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    1. Manley, Karen, 2008. "Against the odds: Small firms in Australia successfully introducing new technology on construction projects," Research Policy, Elsevier, vol. 37(10), pages 1751-1764, December.
    2. Andy Cosh & Xiaolan Fu & Alan Hughes, 2005. "Management characteristics, collaboration and innovative efficiency: evidence from UK survey data," ESRC Centre for Business Research - Working Papers wp311, ESRC Centre for Business Research.
    3. Sihem Ben Mahmoud-Jouini, 2000. "Innovative supply-based strategies in the construction industry," Construction Management and Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 18(6), pages 643-650.
    4. Bossink, B.A.G., 2003. "Coinnovation research : manual for experiential research into organizational coinnovation," Serie Research Memoranda 0016, VU University Amsterdam, Faculty of Economics, Business Administration and Econometrics.
    5. Tomonari Yashiro, 2001. "A Japanese perspective on the decline of robust technologies and changing technological paradigms in housing construction: issues for construction management research," Construction Management and Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 19(3), pages 301-306.
    6. Bossink, Bart A.G., 2004. "Effectiveness of Innovation Leadership Styles: A Manager’s Influence on Ecological Innovation in Construction Projects," Serie Research Memoranda 0027, VU University Amsterdam, Faculty of Economics, Business Administration and Econometrics.
    7. Berardi, Umberto, 2013. "Stakeholders’ influence on the adoption of energy-saving technologies in Italian homes," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 60(C), pages 520-530.
    8. Bossink, Bart A.G., 2004. "Managing drivers of innovation in construction networks," Serie Research Memoranda 0015, VU University Amsterdam, Faculty of Economics, Business Administration and Econometrics.


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