Analyzing client-led innovation enablers in Australian construction projects

Fernando, Sam and Panuwatwanich, Kriengsak and Thorpe, David (2020) Analyzing client-led innovation enablers in Australian construction projects. International Journal of managing Projects in Business, 13 (2). pp. 388-408. ISSN 1753-8378


Abstract

Purpose
This research examined how Australian construction projects perform in the area of client-led innovation. The purpose of this paper is to test the influence of a set of enablers in promoting the innovative performance of construction projects and examine how Australian construction projects perform in relation to innovation.

Design/methodology/approach
A questionnaire was developed and distributed to over 300 construction industry practitioners to obtain perceptions of industry practitioners regarding client-led enablers to promoting innovation at the project level, with 131 valid responses received. The data from the survey were subjected to statistical analyses including mean comparisons, using the Mann–Whitney U-test and Kruskal Wallis Test.

Findings
This research identified a number of enablers that clients can employ in construction projects to enhance innovative performance. It also revealed that the innovative performance of construction projects in Australia appears to be above average, although the perceived level is not too high. The main finding of the research is that Australian clients could achieve higher outcomes from construction projects by promoting innovativeness in their projects, especially by promoting innovativeness in their own organizations and providing incentives/rewards and other support for innovative activities in projects.

Originality/value
Past research focusing on client-led enablers at the project level is limited. This research identified a number of enablers that clients can employ to achieve greater benefits from their projects through innovation.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published online: 22 June 2019. Accepted version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying (1 Jul 2013 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying (1 Jul 2013 -)
Date Deposited: 19 Feb 2020 05:08
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2021 23:58
Uncontrolled Keywords: innovation management, construction projects, client-side project management
Fields of Research (2008): 09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090502 Construction Engineering
Fields of Research (2020): 40 ENGINEERING > 4005 Civil engineering > 400504 Construction engineering
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): B Economic Development > 87 Construction > 8704 Construction Processes > 870401 Civil Construction Processes
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1108/IJMPB-08-2018-0150
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/38085

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