MAPPING INNOVATION: FACILITATING INNOVATION IN THE DANISH CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

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    Abstract

    By adopting a theoretical framework from strategic niche management research (SNM) this paper presents an analysis of the innovation system of the Danish Construction industry. Theories within SNM look upon innovation in a sector as a socio-technical phenomenon and identifies three levels of socio-technical interaction within which sectorial innovation can be explained. The analysis shows a multifaceted landscape of innovation around an existing regime, built in the existing ways of working and developing over generations. The regime is challenged from various niches and the sociotechnical landscape through trends as globalization. Three niches (Lean Construction, BIM and System Deliveries) are subject to a detailed analysis showing partly incompatible rationales and various degrees of innovation potential. The paper further discusses how existing policymaking operates in a number of tensions one being between government and governance. Based on the concepts from SNM the paper introduces an innovation map in order to support the development of meta-governance policymaking. By mapping some of the most influential trends and promising niche innovations and relate these to the existing regime, the innovation map can act as a medium in which policymakers, interest organization and companies can develop and coordinate future innovation activities.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 6th Nordic Conference on Construction Economics and Organisation : Shaping the Construction/Society Nexus
    Number of pages694
    VolumeVolume 3: Construction in Society
    Place of PublicationHørsholm
    PublisherDanish Building Research Institute, Aalborg University
    Publication date2011
    Pages641-652
    ISBN (Print)978-87-563-1519-7
    Publication statusPublished - 2011
    Event6th Nordic Conference on Construction Economics and Organisation: Shaping the Construction/society Nexus - Copenhagen, Denmark
    Duration: 13 Apr 201115 Apr 2011
    Conference number: 6

    Conference

    Conference6th Nordic Conference on Construction Economics and Organisation
    Number6
    Country/TerritoryDenmark
    CityCopenhagen
    Period13/04/201115/04/2011

    Keywords

    • SNM
    • sector development
    • Innovation
    • niches
    • policymaking

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