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Analyzing client-led innovation enablers in Australian construction projects

Sam Fernando (School of Civil Engineering and Surveying, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Australia)
Kriengsak Panuwatwanich (School of Civil Engineering and Technology, Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology, Thammasat University, Pathum Thani, Thailand)
David Thorpe (School of Civil Engineering and Surveying, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Australia)

International Journal of Managing Projects in Business

ISSN: 1753-8378

Article publication date: 24 June 2019

Issue publication date: 6 March 2020

Abstract

Purpose

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.

Design/methodology/approach

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.

Findings

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.

Originality/value

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.

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Acknowledgements

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.

Citation

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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Emerald Publishing Limited

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