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Implementation of construction innovation: A study of a large Swedish contractor firm
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Real Estate and Construction Management.
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Real Estate and Construction Management.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

In the increasingly competitive market, innovation has become important if not crucial for entrepreneurial survival. The construction industry, although argued to be a bit behind, is catching on. As the ambition to become more innovative rapidly increase, several challenges must be managed within the building sector and one of them is the implementation of innovations. The aim of this study is therefore to investigate the implementation process of innovation in a construction organisation’s projects. More specifically, to increase the understanding of the important aspects, which could result in a more effective implementation in the future. This will be done in collaboration with a large contractor firm in Sweden, NCC and with the help of an implementation framework developed by Sarah E. Slaughter. The framework will be used to see how well theory reflects practice and is especially directed towards the construction industry. It describes how innovations in general should be implemented, regardless of its type. The thesis is built around a case study and where a particular project within NCC has been chosen to study more closely. The project, which is addressed as the “Pilot Project” is a collaboration between NCC and an external supplier. In this collaboration they have worked together to implement an innovation, however, the process will be looked through the contractor’s eyes. The empirics has been collected through a qualitative interview study including individuals in different positions in the pilot project but also complemented with interviews with other individuals in the firm that have in some way been involved in an implementation of an innovation. Through the empirics, a number of significant aspects could be identified in the following categories: “Commitment”, “Communication”, “Organizing teams and Creating good Conditions” and last “Evaluation”. The result was that the majority of the most important factors were in line with the framework’s stages but that it should be complemented or modified with several aspects found in the empirics. It can therefore be concluded that the model, to a large extent, reflects reality in a good sense.

Abstract [sv]

I den allt mer konkurrenskraftiga marknaden har innovation blivit viktigt, om inte en nödvändighet för ett företags överlevnad. Byggindustrin som har ansett ligga efter är nu på rätt väg. Då ambitionen att bli mer innovativ snabbt ökar måste flera utmaningar hanteras inom byggsektorn där en utav dem är implementering av innovationer. Syftet med denna studie är därför att undersöka implementeringsprocessen av innovation i en byggorganisations projekt. Mer specifikt att öka förståelsen för de viktiga aspekterna som möjligtvis kan resultera i en mer effektiv implementering i framtiden. Detta kommer att göras i samarbete med en stor byggentreprenör i Sverige, NCC och med hjälp av ett implementeringsramverk utvecklat av Sarah E. Slaughter. Ramverket kommer användas för att se hur bra teorin speglar praktiken och är särskilt riktat till byggindustrin. Den beskriver hur innovationer generellt ska implementeras oberoende av vilken typ det är. Uppsatsen är uppbyggd kring en fallstudie där ett specifikt projekt inom NCC har valts att studeras närmare. Projektet, som går under namnet “Pilotprojektet” är ett samarbete mellan NCC och en extern leverantör. I det här samarbetet har de tillsammans arbetat med för att implementera en innovation, dock kommer endast processen att studeras utifrån entreprenörens perspektiv. Empirin har samlats in genom en kvalitativ intervjustudie där olika roller i pilotprojektet har intervjuats men också kompletterats av andra intervjuer med individer från företaget som på något sätt har varit delaktiga i implementeringen av en innovation. Genom studiens empiri kunde ett antal faktorer fastställas som återfinns i följande kategorier: “Engagemang”, “Kommunikation”, “Organisera grupp och Skapa bra Förutsättningar” och sist “Utvärdering”. Resultatet blev att majoriteten av de viktiga faktorerna var i linje med ramverkets steg men att den i viss mån behöver kompletteras eller modifieras. Det kan därför fastställas att modellen, till stor dels reflekterar verkligheten på ett bra sätt.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019. , p. 67
Series
TRITA-ABE-MBT ; 19160
Keywords [en]
Innovation, Innovation implementation, Innovation in the construction industry, Implementation model
Keywords [sv]
Innovation, Innovations implementering, Innovation i byggindustrin, Implementeringsmodell
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Engineering and Technology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-264392OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-264392DiVA, id: diva2:1373234
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Available from: 2019-11-27 Created: 2019-11-26 Last updated: 2019-11-27Bibliographically approved

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