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The role of technology transfer in innovation within small construction firms

Martin Sexton (Senior Lecturer, University of Salford, Salford, UK)
Peter Barrett (Professor at the Research Institute for the Built and Human Environment, University of Salford, Salford, UK)

Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management

ISSN: 0969-9988

Article publication date: 1 October 2004

Abstract

Findings were drawn from an 18 month research project involving in‐depth case study and action research fieldwork with seven small construction companies to understand the role and significance of innovation for them. A key finding of the work has been the importance of the role of effective technology transfer in the innovation process. The “organizational factors of innovation” model is presented as an analytical and prescriptive tool to assist small construction firms to understand better and manage the technology transfer process. The utility and application of the model is illustrated with a case study.

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Sexton, M. and Barrett, P. (2004), "The role of technology transfer in innovation within small construction firms", Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, Vol. 11 No. 5, pp. 342-348. https://doi.org/10.1108/09699980410558539

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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