1st Edition

The Connectivity of Innovation in the Construction Industry

    320 Pages
    by Routledge

    320 Pages
    by Routledge

    The construction industry is currently experiencing accelerating developments concerning societal demands along with project complexity, internationalization and digitalization. In an attempt to grasp the consequences of these demands on productivity and innovation, this edited book addresses how innovation is likely to take place with a more long-term perspective on the construction sector.

    While existing literature focuses on organizational discontinuity and fragmentation as the main reasons for the apparent lack of innovation in the industry, this book highlights the connectivity of construction actors, resources and activities as fundamental for understanding how innovation takes place.Through 15 empirically grounded chapters, the book shows how innovation is part of construction processes on various levels, including project, firm and industry, and that these innovation processes are characterized by organizational and technological connectivity over time.

    Written by European business management scholars, the chapters cover empirical cases and examples from both a multi-organizational and a multi-international perspective in terms of covering the viewpoints of different industry actors and the contexts of several different European countries including: Sweden, Norway, the UK, Italy, France, Hungary and Poland. By illustrating how connectivity is part of innovation processes in the creation of single-product innovations, of various innovations within and across projects, as well as a fundamental aspect of the processes in which innovations cross nations, the book provides a new angle on how to understand construction innovation and where the industry might (or needs to) be heading next.

    This book is essential reading for anyone interested in construction management, project management, engineering management, innovation studies, business and management studies.

    1. In the pursuit of a new understanding of innovation in the construction industry – the significance of connectivity

    2. Malena Ingemansson Havenvid, Åse Linné, Lena E. Bygballe and Chris Harty

    3. Forming innovative projects in sustainable construction – how socio-technical connectivity shapes the building project and its context

    4. Mårten Hugosson, Kristin Stevik, Per Søberg and Kjell Tryggestad

    5. Innovative effects in the Swedish construction sector – the case of BIM in the New Karolinska Solna Hospital project

    6. Åse Linné

    7. Entrepreneurial innovation in the construction sector: overcoming process discontinuities in projects – who’s in charge?

    8. Will Hughes and Lars Stehn

    9. Construction logistics innovation: tracing connectivity from activity interdependencies

    10. Kajsa Hulthén and Viktoria Sundquist

    11. Cross-fertilization among construction and clinical actors: the dynamics of health care construction projects

    12. Alessandra Tzannis, Silvia Biraghi and Rossella C. Gambetti

    13. Innovation among project islands – a question of handling interdependencies through bridging

    14. Malena Ingemansson Havenvid, Lena E. Bygballe and Håkan Håkansson

    15. Construction projects as vehicles for health care innovation?

    16. Judit Simon, Balázs Révész, Tibor Mandják, Zsuzsanna Szalkai, and Erzsébet Hetesi

    17. Innovation in strategic capabilities of municipal clients – some evidence from a Swedish case study

    18. Mårten Hugosson and Tomas Nord

    19. Organising communities for construction innovation - examples from the French and Swedish construction sectors

    20. Florence Crespin-Mazet, Malena Ingemansson Havenvid and Åse Linné

    21. The connectivity of domestic and international actors in product innovation – the case of Polish windows manufacturing

    22. Milena Ratajczak-Mrozek

    23. Narratives of innovation that address climate change agenda in the construction sector

    24. Natalya Sergeeva and Carmel Lindkvist

    25. Activity systems and innovation in project-based production: the case of construction

    26. Finn Orstavik

    27. Tracing the connectivity of innovation across time and space

              Malena Ingemansson Havenvid, Åse Linné, Lena E. Bygballe and Chris Harty


    Malena Ingemansson Havenvid is Associate Professor in construction project management at KTH the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. Her research places an inter-organizational perspective on innovation and technology development in various industries, nowadays foremost in construction. She has published in Construction Management and Economics, Technovation, Industrial Marketing Management, Journal of Business and Industrial Marketing, and The IMP Journal.

    Åse Linné is a researcher at Uppsala University, and her main research interest is related to understanding innovation and renewal in various industries. She has published in the following journals: Construction Management and Economics, Industrial Marketing Management and The IMP Journal.

    Lena E. Bygballe is Associate Professor at the Department of Strategy at BI Norwegian Business School and head of BI’s Centre for the Construction Industry. With an inter-organizational perspective, her research focuses on innovation, organizational development and project delivery models in the construction industry. She has published in Construction Management and Economics, International Journal of Project Management, Industrial Marketing Management, Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management, and The IMP Journal.

    Chris Harty is Professor of Technology and Organisation and head of the School of the Built Environment at the University of Reading. His research contributions are in the areas of understanding innovation in the built environment and organizational processes, applying socio-technical systems oriented approaches to organizations and projects, and the design, implementation and use of information systems, and he has published widely in these areas.