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Benmansour, C and Hogg, K (2002) An investigation into the barriers to innovation and their relevance within the construction sector. In: Greenwood, D (Ed.), Proceedings 18th Annual ARCOM Conference, 2-4 September 2002, Northumbria, UK. Association of Researchers in Construction Management, Vol. 2, 677–86.
- Type: Conference Proceedings
- Keywords: barriers to innovation; innovation; organizational culture; technology transfer
- ISBN/ISSN: 0 9534161 7 8
- URL: http://www.arcom.ac.uk/-docs/proceedings/ar2002-677-686_Benmansour_and_Hogg.pdf
The under-achievement of the construction industry indicates an urgent need for improving existing processes and working practices. Innovation, which might be described as the impact of new methods, services or products on the environment, is generally accepted as the key to unlocking the sector’s potential. This has been the contention of many studies and reports. Despite this large potential, the construction industry and organizations in general, continue to have problems innovating effectively. Organizations largely experiment in innovation, without making a sustained effort to incorporate it within their business. The low level of implementation and adoption of new ideas in construction calls for further investigation of impediments to innovation. To enable the determination of strategies to reduce or remove barriers to innovation, a review of relevant literature has been carried out. This reveals the nature of innovation and establishes a conceptual framework. It also identifies generic factors affecting the adoption of innovation and informs research into barriers to innovation in construction.