Introducing an innovation promotion model for construction projects

Fernando, Sam and Panuwatwanich, Kriengsak and Thorpe, David (2021) Introducing an innovation promotion model for construction projects. Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, 28 (3). pp. 728-746. ISSN 0969-9988

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Purpose - This research is on investigating and modeling the complex dynamics of innovation enablers in construction projects aiming to develop a framework identifying actions for clients to promote innovation.

Design/methodology/approach – Through a comprehensive literature review, a conceptual model was previously derived to explain the client-driven enablers in promoting innovation. This was tested using the data from 131 Australian construction projects. Statistical analysis was conducted on the data using factor analysis and correlation analysis to test the model, which was validated using the case study approach. The testing and validating aspects are explained in this paper.

Findings – The constructs of the recommended model are idea harnessing; relationship enhancement; incentivization; and project team fitness.

Research limitations/implications - The difficulty of analyzing the complex dynamics happening within projects in relation to innovation has been a barrier to progress research in this area. The introduction of this model would pave the way for researchers to explore this area with ease.

Originality/value – As revealed in the detailed literature review undertaken, this is the first time that a comprehensive study has been conducted to identify client-led innovation enablers for construction projects. The results would benefit industry practitioners to achieve enhanced project outcomes in construction projects through innovation.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (1 Jul 2013 - 31 Dec 2021)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying (1 Jul 2013 - 31 Dec 2021)
Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2020 04:38
Last Modified: 23 Apr 2021 04:09
Uncontrolled Keywords: construction industry, client, creativity, enablers, incentives, innovation, project level, incentivization, relationship, project manager, project team, organization.
Fields of Research (2008): 09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090502 Construction Engineering
Fields of Research (2020): 40 ENGINEERING > 4005 Civil engineering > 400504 Construction engineering
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