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Campagnac, E (1998) National system of innovation in France: Plan Construction et Architecture. Building Research & Information, 26(05), 297–301.

  • Type: Journal Article
  • Keywords: construction industry; France; housing; innovation; public policy; research policy; research organization
  • ISBN/ISSN: 0961-3218
  • URL: http://journalsonline.tandf.co.uk/link.asp?id=ubp5jafgppx4w6pk
  • Abstract:
    This paper presents the French system of innovation in the construction sector, and points out its strengths and its weaknesses, through the analysis of a specific institution: Plan Construction et Architecture (PCA). The originality of PCA is its capacity to encourage innovation by experimentation. PCA mobilizes all the representatives of the construction sector (clients, professionals, contractors, etc.) to conceive and work together on innovation, through 'Realisations Experimentales' (REX). Independent researchers provide expertise and evaluate the results of these experimentations. This paper points out the major lessons which can be drawn for this system.