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Bridging the Innovation Gap in Project-Based Industries: 2003-2004 CIFE Seed Project Report

TitleBridging the Innovation Gap in Project-Based Industries: 2003-2004 CIFE Seed Project Report
Publication TypeTechnical Report
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsTaylor, J, Levitt, R
IssueTR159
Date Published09/2004
PublisherCIFE
Publication Languageeng
KeywordsCenter for Integrated Facility Engineering, CIFE, Construction, Coordination, Innovation, Stanford University
AbstractThe AEC (architecture, engineering and construction) industry is the largest industry in the world and is often described as a laggard industry in adopting new products and processes. Research on this topic has almost exclusively focused on the behavior of firms. This project report presents the CIFE Seed Grant research completed to date on the structural mechanisms that might contribute to an explanation of this phenomenon. Our research focused primarily on product and process innovations of a systemic nature (i.e., those that require multiple specialist firms to change their process in a coordinated fashion) though we also investigated localized innovations (i.e., those that imply change only within a specific specialty type). Systemic innovations researched include integrated supply chain management, the prefabrication of building systems, and the evolution to virtual design and construction. By gaining insight into the mechanisms that impact adoption of systemic innovations in the AEC industry, we can hope to bridge the innovation gap.
URLhttps://purl.stanford.edu/mt207xf6695
PDF Linkhttps://stacks.stanford.edu/file/druid:mt207xf6695/TR159.pdf
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