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Amakali, T R, Cook, G and Larsen, G D (2012) Striving for inclusive design in the built environment: Learning strategy adopted by policy implementers at Local Authorities in England . In: Smith, S.D (Ed.), Proceedings 28th Annual ARCOM Conference, 3-5 September 2012, Edinburgh, UK. Association of Researchers in Construction Management, 285–94.

Ballesteros-Pérez, P, Sanz-Ablanedo, E, Soetanto, R, González-Cruz, M C, Larsen, G D and Cerezo-Narváez, A (2020) Duration and Cost Variability of Construction Activities: An Empirical Study. Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 146(01).

Boyd, P, Larsen, G D and Schweber, L (2014) Perspectives on the specification of Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) technology in construction projects. In: Raiden, A and Aboagye-Nimo, E (Eds.), Proceedings 30th Annual ARCOM Conference, 1-3 September 2014, Portsmouth, UK, Association of Researchers in Construction Management, 153–62.

Boyd, P, Larsen, G D and Schweber, L (2015) The co-development of technology and new buildings: incorporating building integrated photovoltaics. Construction Management and Economics, 33(05), 349-60.

Dania, A A, Larsen, G D and Ewart, I J (2014) Sustainable construction: Exploring the capabilities of Nigerian construction firms. In: Raiden, A and Aboagye-Nimo, E (Eds.), Proceedings 30th Annual ARCOM Conference, 1-3 September 2014, Portsmouth, UK, Association of Researchers in Construction Management, 3–12.

De Place Hansen, E J and Larsen, J N (2011) Employment and winter construction: a comparative analysis of Denmark and western European countries with a similar climate. Construction Management and Economics, 29(09), 875–90.

Duman, D U, Green, S D and Larsen, G D (2017) Competitive Strategy And The Role Of Narrative Infrastructure: The Case Of Turkish Contractors . In: Chan, P W and Neilson, C J (Eds.), Proceedings 33rd Annual ARCOM Conference, 4-6 September 2017, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, UK. Association of Researchers in Construction Management, 622–631.

Duman, D U, Green, S D and Larsen, G D (2019) Historical narratives as strategic resources: analysis of the Turkish international contracting sector. Construction Management and Economics, 37(07), 367–83.

Green, S D, Harty, C, Elmualim, A A, Larsen, G D and Kao, C C (2008) On the discourse of construction competitiveness. Building Research & Information, 36(05), 426–35.

Green, S D, Kao, C and Larsen, G D (2010) Contextualist Research: Iterating between Methods While Following an Empirically Grounded Approach. Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 136(01), 117–26.

Green, S D, Larsen, G D and Kao, C-C (2008) Competitive strategy revisited: contested concepts and dynamic capabilities. Construction Management and Economics, 26(01), 63–78.

Haugbølle, K, Larsen, J N and Nielsen, J (2019) Construction productivity revisited: towards measuring performance of construction output. Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, 26(05), 794–813.

Kao, C-C, Green, S D and Larsen, G D (2009) Emergent discourses of construction competitiveness: localized learning and embeddedness. Construction Management and Economics, 27(10), 1005–17.

Koch, C and Larsen, A (2018) Performance of Retrofit with ICT of Social Housing – Proving Technology Optimists Wrong?. In: Gorse, C and Neilson, C J (Eds.), Proceedings 34th Annual ARCOM Conference, 3-5 September 2018, Queen’s University, Belfast, UK. Association of Researchers in Construction Management, 667–676.

Koch, C and Larsen, C S (2006) Quality in construction: a supply chain perspective. In: Boyd, D (Ed.), Proceedings 22nd Annual ARCOM Conference, 4-6 September 2006 Birmingham, UK. Association of Researchers in Construction Management, Vol. 1, 459–69.

Koch, C and Larsen, C S (2007) User driven innovation in mobile technologies?. In: Boyd, D (Ed.), Proceedings 23rd Annual ARCOM Conference, 3-5 September 2007, Belfast, UK. Association of Researchers in Construction Management, Vol. 2, 481–91.

Larsen, G D (2005) A Polymorphic Framework for Understanding the Diffusion of Innovations within the UK Construction Industry, Unpublished PhD Thesis, School of Construction Management and Engineering, University of Reading.

  • Type: Thesis
  • Keywords: innovation; diffusion; agency structure; UK construction industry
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    This research focuses upon explaining the diffusion of innovations within a UK construction industry in order to provide improved understanding. Innovation diffusion has been studied at great depth in the field's anthropology and sociology, however, the UK construction industry has not yet embraced this body of knowledge fully. Much of the sociological research into the subject adopts a positivist paradigm and exploits quantitative relational data. It is argued that such an approach does not provide a full understanding of innovation diffusion as many of the idiosyncratic elements of actors, innovations and context are oversimplified. Here a social realist epistemological position is adopted, drawing upon multiple methods. Firstly quantitative data is gathered in order to understand how innovation diffusion occurs within the UK construction industry in relation to the leading sociological concepts of cohesion, structural equivalence and thresholds. From this initial understanding more specific qualitative data is gathered from informal semi-structured interviews. This data is analysed using content analysis to understand why respondents believe innovation diffusion can be explained in a particular manner. Analysis of the data allows an understanding of how the relative importance of these concepts' actually varies within each of Rogers' stages of the innovation diffusion process. It is argued there is an iterative interplay between actors and the social system they occupy which directly influences the innovation diffusion process, which cannot be separated. Discussion of the data analyzed results in an explanatory framework being proposed. The framework introduces a Personal Awareness Threshold concept; whilst arguing the dominant role of cohesion through the main stages of diffusion, together with the low level of structural equivalence and the importance of Adoption Threshold levels. The framework demonstrates how the level of relevance for each diffusion concept fluctuates in relation to the stages of the diffusion process which offers a new development in the field.

Larsen, G D (2005) Horses for courses: relating innovation diffusion concepts to the stages of the diffusion process. Construction Management and Economics, 23(08), 787-92.

Larsen, G D (2011) Understanding the early stages of the innovation diffusion process: awareness, influence and communication networks. Construction Management and Economics, 29(10), 987–1002.

Larsen, G D and Ballal, T M A (2005) The diffusion of innovations within a UKCI context: an explanatory framework. Construction Management and Economics, 23(01), 81-91.

Larsen, G D and Whyte, J (2013) Safe construction through design: perspectives from the site team. Construction Management and Economics, 31(06), 675-90.

Larsen, J, K, Lindhard, S, M, Brunoe, T. D and Jensen, KN (2018) The Relation between Pre-planning, Commissioning and Enhanced Project Performance. Construction Economics and Building, 18(02), 1-14.

Lindhard, S and Larsen, J K (2016) Identifying the key process factors affecting project performance. Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, 23(05), 657-73.

Maradza, E, Whyte, J and Larsen, G D (2014) Interactive learning in UK construction practice: examining the role of BIM process standards. In: Raiden, A and Aboagye-Nimo, E (Eds.), Proceedings 30th Annual ARCOM Conference, 1-3 September 2014, Portsmouth, UK, Association of Researchers in Construction Management, 613–22.

Marsh, R, Larsen, V G and Kragh, M (2010) Housing and energy in Denmark: past, present, and future challenges. Building Research & Information, 38(01), 92–106.

Mejlænder-Larsen, & (2017) Using a change control system and building information modelling to manage change in design. Architectural Engineering and Design Management, 13(01), 39–51.

Mejlænder-Larsen, & (2019) A three-step process for reporting progress in detail engineering using BIM, based on experiences from oil and gas projects. Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, 26(04), 648–67.

Piroozfar, P, Altan, H and Popovic-Larsen, O (2012) Design for sustainability: A comparative study of a customized modern method of construction versus conventional methods of construction. Architectural Engineering and Design Management, 8(01), 55-75.

Rohde, L, Jensen, R L, Larsen, O K, Jønsson, K T and Larsen, T S (2021) Holistic indoor environmental quality assessment as a driver in early building design. Building Research & Information, 49(04), 460–81.

Rohde, L, Steen Larsen, T, Jensen, R L, Larsen, O K, Jønsson, K T and Loukou, E (2020) Determining indoor environmental criteria weights through expert panels and surveys. Building Research & Information, 48(04), 415–28.