Experience with the management of technological innovations within the Australian construction industry

Hardie, Mary P. and Miller, Graham and Manley, Karen and McFallan, Stephen (2005) Experience with the management of technological innovations within the Australian construction industry. [Conference Paper]


The BRITE Project (Building Research Innovation Technology and Environment) was established by the Australian Cooperative Research Centre for Construction Innovation to encourage and report on innovative developments in the construction industry. Using both case studies and extensive industry surveys the BRITE Project has examined the creation, adoption and diffusion of innovations. A nexus is reported between technological innovations and the adoption of advanced management practices. Indeed the management of the innovation process is found to be critical to the successful implementation of technological innovations. The BRITE Project’s combination of specific detailed case studies with a broad industry-wide survey allows the testing of the hypothesis that organizational and technological innovations are linked from two different perspectives. In both instances, a strong correlation is observed between high technological innovators and the proactive management of organizational knowledge with emphasis on continuing education and training. In contrast, the low innovators surveyed were characterized by a lack of business strategies to improve and monitor performance and by minimal investment in research and development. Technological innovations were found to be significantly more likely to occur in those firms with good profitability and with managers who seek out a broad range of sources for new ideas as well as actively working to capture project learning for ongoing reference. Such ongoing active management involvement fosters the appropriate atmosphere for new technological innovations to occur. The BRITE Project experience highlights the primacy of management skills for the encouragement of ongoing technological advancement within the often conservative construction and engineering sector.

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Item Type: Conference Paper
Collection: CRC for Construction Innovation
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For more information, please contact the author: k.manley@qut.edu.au

Keywords: innovation; construction industry; BRITE Project; CRC for Construction Innovation; Program A : Business and Industry Development; Project 2001-012-A : Innovation Potential, Directions and Implementation in the Building and Construction Product System BRITE
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