© 2014 – Routledge
364 pages | 46 B/W Illus.
R&D Investment and Impact in the Global Construction Industry brings together contributions from leading industry researchers in a diverse group of countries to investigate the role of research and development (R&D) in the construction industry. Investment in R&D is a proven factor in economic growth, and helps develop a more productive and innovative industry. This book explores how policy makers and industry leaders can better target future investment; and how industry and researchers can manage their efforts to improve productivity whilst addressing the environmental and social needs of their communities. Case studies present projects where R&D ideas funded by both the private and public sectors have been translated from research into practice or policy, and examine drivers, successes and barriers to the delivery of R&D in industry. Based on research from members of the CIB Task Group 85 (R&D Investment and Impact) and concluding with key insights for maximising the impact of R&D in the future, the book holds valuable lessons for practitioners, policy makers and researchers across the international construction industry.
Foreword 1. Introduction (Keith Hampson, Judy Kraatz, Andriana Sanchez and Aminah Robinson) 2. Understanding the Construction Sector (Judy Kraatz, Keith Hampson and Adriana Sanchez) 3. Australia (Judy Kraatz and Keith Hampson) 4. Brazil (Francisco Cardoso, Mercia Barros and Lucia de Oliveira) 5. Canada (Aminah Robinson Fayek, Jeff Rankin, Saiedeh Razavi and Russell J. Thomas) 6. Denmark (Kim Haugbolle) 7. Finland (Suvi Nenonen, Miimu Airaksinen and Terttu Vainio) 8. France (Frederic Bougrain) 9. Germany (Alexandra Staub) 10. India (Arun Kashikar) 11. New Zealand (Suzanne Wilkinson and Charles Ma) 12. Hong Kong (Geoffrey Shen and Jingke Hong) 13. Sweden (Anna Kadefors and Jan Brochner) 14. The Netherlands (Geert Dewulf and Emilia Van Egmond) 15. Norway (Marit Store Valen, Ole Jonny Klakegg, Anita Moum, Torill Meistad and Knut Samset) 16. USA (Sarah Slaughter, Robert Chapman and Doug Thomas) 17. Lessons Learned (Judy Kraatz, Keith Hampson, Rachel Parker, and Goran Roos)