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Clients as drivers of innovation: lessons from industrialised construction in Sweden
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Structural and Construction Engineering.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Structural and Construction Engineering.
2010 (English)In: Ph.D. Research Workshop on Technology and Innovation in Construction: Held at Department of Civil, Mining and Environmental Engineering, Luleå University of Technology, Porsön, Luleå, 29 September 2010 / [ed] Paul Chan; Ylva Sardén, 2010, 10-20 p.Conference paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In the construction sector, the rate of innovations is perceived to be low. Stakeholder pressure has been identified as an important trigger for innovation. But do Swedish construction clients positively respond to, and thus drive, innovation? The purpose of this paper is to increase understanding of the client's role, as a decision maker, for improving the rate of innovation in construction. This by learning from the case of industrialised construction (IC) in Sweden. Swedish construction clients are generally positive to the expected benefits of IC, but are not actively driving the change towards industrialisation. IC challenges common practice as well as stakeholder expectations and schemata on which decisions are made. Case studies addressing Swedish clients' response to IC show that the uncertainties related to potential future regret are prominent issues. Empirical evidence also indicates high levels of equivocality which, according to information processing theory, cannot be reduced by simply increasing the amount of information. To enable client-driven change, improved information processing capability is suggested. Clients that gather and process information on innovation can reduce bias in decision making. Early adopters of innovations such as IC must also manage high levels of equivocality as the amount of information is low and common practice is challenged. A higher involvement of clients in innovation development is advised.

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2010. 10-20 p.
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Timber Structures
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-38419Local ID: cd102d80-d6ad-11df-8b36-000ea68e967bOAI: diva2:1011920
ARCOM Doctoral Research Workshop Technology and Innovation in the Construction Industry : 29/09/2010 - 29/09/2010
Godkänd; 2010; 20101013 (ysko)Available from: 2016-10-03 Created: 2016-10-03Bibliographically approved

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