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Innovation in Construction: A Critical Review and Future Research

1 Department of Construction and Real Estate, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China
2 School of Project, Construction and Property Management, RMIT University, Australia
3 Construction Technical Services, FLUOR, USA

International Journal of Innovation Science

ISSN: 1757-2223

Article publication date: 25 June 2014



The construction industry has been recognized for its conservatism and lack of innovation. In order to improve the success rate of construction innovation, the implementation of innovations within the context of construction has been discussed and developed. Literature in this area focuses extensively on construction innovation, and yet does not contain a systematic review. This paper looks to fill this gap by providing a systematic review of construction innovation. The review synthesizes the conclusions and shows the implementation of construction innovation. Collaboration, culture, innovation process, and drivers are identified as critical factors to improve the performance of construction innovation. Finally, the limitations of prior studies in construction innovation are discussed and recommendations made for areas of future study.



Xue, X., Zhang, R., Yang, R. and Dai, J. (2014), "Innovation in Construction: A Critical Review and Future Research", International Journal of Innovation Science, Vol. 6 No. 2, pp. 111-126.




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