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ENGINEERING PROJECT ORGANIZATION JOURNAL - Volume 3 - Issue 1, march 2013

Pages: 32-50

A tool for enhancing innovation in construction organizations

Author: T. Michael Toole, Matthew Hallowell, Paul S. Chinowsky

Category: Engineering Organization Studies

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Abstract:

A 12-person-sponsored research team consisting of three academic researchers and nine experienced practitioners conducted a three-year investigation into ways to enhance innovation within engineering-procurement-construction organizations. Data from the literature combined with over 150 surveys of active practitioners were used to identify and classify factors that influence an organization’s ability to generate and implement new ideas that improve business performance. The salient factors were then identified and their relative impact was rated using the nominal group technique. Finally, these data were organized into a maturity model tool that was pilot tested on four active construction organizations. The results of this study can be used by construction organizations to identify and respond to their innovation-related weaknesses. The hundreds of hours of discussions of the 12-member research team and the fairly large set of empirical data collected by the team confirm the value of the existing construction innovation literature, but suggest the knowledge has not been effectively implemented within the industry.

Keywords: Innovation, strategic management, organizational learning

DOI: 10.1080/21573727.2012.717531

DOI URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/21573727.2012.717531