Responding to global issues: sustainability and innovation in the Australian SME residential building construction sector

Thorpe, David and Ryan, Neal (2007) Responding to global issues: sustainability and innovation in the Australian SME residential building construction sector. In: ICCPM/ICCEM 2007, 1-2 March 2007, Singapore.

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[Abstract]: The construction industry is a significant component of many economies and typically contains a high proportion of small and medium enterprises. However, it is generally understood that this industry is fragmented, adversarial, not highly innovative and not quick to respond to change. At the same time, the industry is under pressure to continue to embrace new technologies and methods, and to adapt better to current and emerging global issues such as sustainability. In order to meet these challenges, firms in the industry need to understand the issues involved and manage their practices accordingly. This paper describes exploratory research into the role of innovative and environmentally sustainable design and construction practices in one group of construction firms, viz., smaller residential building firms in Queensland, Australia.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: No evidence of copyright restrictions. full conference title: ICCPM/ICCEM 2007: 5th International Conference on Construction Project Management, 2nd International Conference on Construction Engineering and Management.
Depositing User: Dr David Thorpe
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Agricultural, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:58
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:42
Uncontrolled Keywords: innovation, sustainability, design, construction, building, construction industry, residential building firms, material, global, environment, queensland, Australia
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090502 Construction Engineering
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150307 Innovation and Technology Management
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/2167

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