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Innovation in small construction firms

Author: Peter Barrett; Martin Sexton; Angela Lee, Ph. D.
Publisher: London ; New York : Taylor & Francis, 2008.
Series: Spon research.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Presenting new theoretical and practical insights and models grounded in descriptive case studies Innovation in Small Construction Firms promotes the benefits of innovation within and between small and medium sized (SMEs) construction firms.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Barrett, Peter, professor.
Innovation in small construction firms.
London ; New York : Taylor & Francis, 2008
(DLC) 2007024814
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Barrett; Martin Sexton; Angela Lee, Ph. D.
ISBN: 0415393906 9780415393904 0203937678 9780203937679
OCLC Number: 458705416
Description: 1 online resource (vii, 107 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: Cover --
Innovation in Small Construction Firms --
Contents --
Illustrations --
Figures --
Tables --
Acknowledgements --
Chapter 1 Introduction --
Characteristics of the construction industry --
The UK construction industry --
Why research innovation in SMEs? --
Summary --
Chapter 2 Innovation demystified --
Introduction --
Innovation in construction --
Generic innovation model --
Focus and outcome of innovation --
Context of innovation --
Organisational capabilities for innovation --
Process of innovation --
Summary --
Chapter 3 Case study investigation --
Introduction --
Research aim --
The case studies --
Summary --
Chapter 4 Focus and outcome of innovation --
Introduction --
What generic strategic focus for innovation or definition of innovation does this motivation generate? --
What is the general motivation for small construction firms to innovate? --
What are common innovation outcomes in small construction firms? --
Summary --
Chapter 5 Organisational capabilities for innovation --
Introduction --
What are the key capabilities for innovation in small construction firms? --
How are these capabilities developed and used in innovation activity? --
Business strategy and market positioning --
Technology --
People --
Organisation of work --
Summary --
Chapter 6 Context of innovation --
Introduction --
What are the key events external and internal to small construction firms which trigger innovation activity? --
What is the appropriate emphasis between market-based innovation and resource-based innovation in small construction firms, and what conditions dictate this emphasis? --
Summary --
Chapter 7 Process of innovation --
Introduction --
Are the processes of innovation in small construction firms rational and/or behavioural in nature? --
Summary --
Chapter 8 The role of technology transfer in innovation within small construction firms --
Introduction --
Key issues from the literature --
Key project results --
Summary --
Chapter 9 Conclusion --
Introduction --
Contribution to innovation theory --
Organisational capabilities for innovation --
Context of innovation --
Process of innovation --
Implications for policy makers --
Envoi --
References --
Index.
Series Title: Spon research.
Responsibility: Peter Barrett, Martin Sexton, and Angela Lee.

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