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Bos-de Vos, M, Wamelink, J W F H and Volker, L (2016) Trade-offs in the value capture of architectural firms: The significance of professional value. Construction Management and Economics, 34(01), 21-34.

Burroughs, S (2006) Strength of compacted earth: linking soil properties to stabilizers. Building Research & Information, 34(01), 55–65.

Gottsche, J, Kelly, M and Taggart, M (2016) Assessing the impact of energy management initiatives on the energy usage during the construction phase of an educational building project in Ireland. Construction Management and Economics, 34(01), 46-60.

Hopkin, T, Lu, S-L, Rogers, P and Sexton, M (2016) Detecting defects in the UK new-build housing sector: A learning perspective. Construction Management and Economics, 34(01), 35-45.

Lisø, K R (2006) Integrated approach to risk management of future climate change impacts. Building Research & Information, 34(01), 1–10.

Murtagh, N, Roberts, A and Hind, R (2016) The relationship between motivations of architectural designers and environmentally sustainable construction design. Construction Management and Economics, 34(01), 61-75.

Robinson, W G, Chan, P W and Lau, T (2016) Sensors and sensibility: Examining the role of technological features in servitizing construction towards greater sustainability. Construction Management and Economics, 34(01), 4-20.

Saari, A and Aalto, L (2006) Indoor environment quality contracts in building projects. Building Research & Information, 34(01), 66–74.

Sexton, M, Barrett, P and Aouad, G (2006) Motivating small construction companies to adopt new technology. Building Research & Information, 34(01), 11–22.

  • Type: Journal Article
  • Keywords: Innovation; organizational capabilities; small construction companies; small- and medium-sized establishments (SMEs); technology transfer; UK
  • ISBN/ISSN: 0961-3218
  • URL: http://journalsonline.tandf.co.uk/link.asp?id=kg783227g41xrg11
  • Abstract:
    Construction companies are increasingly being challenged to transfer and use new technology. However, little investigation has been undertaken on technology transfer from the perspective of the small construction company. A contribution to this underdeveloped area is based on results from an interview survey of seven small UK construction companies. The results stress that the technology which small construction companies tend to transfer more successfully is that which can contribute to the business in a quick, tangible fashion, and which can fit into existing organizational capabilities. Any technology that is too far removed from this ‘comfort zone’ is seen to require too much investment and to contain too much risk, and thus tends to be intuitively and swiftly sifted out. This is in marked contrast to the relevant literature that depicts large companies operating in more complex networks, drawing upon them for new tacit and explicit technologies that support more long-term, formal technology strategies, and which often complement some form of specialized internal research and development capability. The implication for policy is that any technology transfer initiatives need to appreciate and actively manage the different motivations and capabilities of small and large construction companies to absorb and use new technology.

Short, C A, Whittle, G E and Owarish, M (2006) Fire and smoke control in naturally ventilated buildings. Building Research & Information, 34(01), 23–54.