This research examined how Australian construction projects perform in the area of client-led innovation. The purpose of this paper is to test the influence of a set of enablers in promoting the innovative performance of construction projects and examine how Australian construction projects perform in relation to innovation.
A questionnaire was developed and distributed to over 300 construction industry practitioners to obtain perceptions of industry practitioners regarding client-led enablers to promoting innovation at the project level, with 131 valid responses received. The data from the survey were subjected to statistical analyses including mean comparisons, using the Mann–Whitney U-test and Kruskal Wallis Test.
This research identified a number of enablers that clients can employ in construction projects to enhance innovative performance. It also revealed that the innovative performance of construction projects in Australia appears to be above average, although the perceived level is not too high. The main finding of the research is that Australian clients could achieve higher outcomes from construction projects by promoting innovativeness in their projects, especially by promoting innovativeness in their own organizations and providing incentives/rewards and other support for innovative activities in projects.
Past research focusing on client-led enablers at the project level is limited. This research identified a number of enablers that clients can employ to achieve greater benefits from their projects through innovation.
Professor Palahela W. Dayananda, Professor of Mathematics/Actuarial Science (retired) at University of St Thomas, USA, is gratefully acknowledged for his assistance and guidance for the statistical analysis of this paper.
Fernando, S., Panuwatwanich, K. and Thorpe, D. (2020), "Analyzing client-led innovation enablers in Australian construction projects", International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, Vol. 13 No. 2, pp. 388-408. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJMPB-08-2018-0150
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