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Factors that influence the development and diffusion of technical innovations in the construction industry

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  • John Gambatese
  • Matthew Hallowell

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Some technical innovations diffuse rapidly throughout the construction industry while others take a long time or are never integrated into everyday practice. Understanding the initiation, development, implementation and outcomes of successful technical innovations within the construction industry provides guidance for the improvement of the innovation process. To further this understanding, innovation generating organizations (IGOs) in the construction industry were surveyed and the data were statistically analysed. Two sources were used to identify newly developed products, technologies and management strategies: the Construction Innovation Forum's NOVA Award website and the Emerging Construction Technologies (ECT) website. A total of 233 innovative products were identified from the two websites. The results showed that there are many statistically significant motivating factors for investment in the initial development of successful technical innovation, barriers and enablers to efficient diffusion and innovation outcomes on construction projects. Additionally, successful development, implementation and diffusion of an innovative product required an average of 38 months, 4700 worker-hours and $836 000.

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  • John Gambatese & Matthew Hallowell, 2011. "Factors that influence the development and diffusion of technical innovations in the construction industry," Construction Management and Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 29(5), pages 507-517.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:conmgt:v:29:y:2011:i:5:p:507-517
    DOI: 10.1080/01446193.2011.570355
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    Innovation; design; technology;

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