Demands and Means for Construction Innovation

by C. B. Tatum, Stanford Univ, Stanford CA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Construction Innovation: Demands, Successes and Lessons


Increasing complexity of the facilities owners need, increasing concern by owners regarding the cost effectiveness of investments in constructed facilities, and growing capability and presence of foreign competition in all construction markets provide three powerful incentives to increase innovation in construction. The project organization of the construction industry provides conditions similar to those found necessary for innovation in other industries. This paper first describes the new demands for innovation facing the construction industry. It then reviews the technical and managerial factors which appear to prompt innovation in other industries and compares these to conditions in construction. The conclusions concern means to increase innovation in construction, based on the experience gained in other industries.

Subject Headings: Construction management | Innovation | Owners | Radiography | Construction costs | Investments | Competition | Business organizations

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