Colleges as agents for construction innovation - a case study

Morledge, R., 2011. Colleges as agents for construction innovation - a case study. Journal of Construction Innovation: Information, Process, Management, 11 (4). ISSN 1471-4175

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Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to highlight the low level of adoption of innovative products in the UK and to illustrate, through a case study, an investigation into the potential for UK further education colleges (FECS) to extend their existing activity and develop a role as independent centres for specialist knowledge of innovative products. Design/methodology/approach - Two surveys were employed to test assumptions which had been previously published by Government departments (Departments of Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform [BBERR] and Trade and Industry [Dti]) focused on the level of knowledge and experience of construction SMEs regarding innovative products and processes. Six colleges collaborated and successfully bid for funding to test their ability to deliver a wider role in the construction community. Each appointed a full-time fully funded adviser to research, collect and diffuse information about a specific specialist area. Findings - The results indicate that there is evidence of the need for independent sources of information about innovative products. The colleges have shown their ability to build knowledge and capacity to offer independent advice. The outcome indicates, however, that without an effective business case and the commitment of senior college management teams the sustainability of the role is unlikely.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Construction Innovation: Information, Process, Management
Creators: Morledge, R.
Publisher: Emerald
Place of Publication: Bingley
Date: 2011
Volume: 11
Number: 4
ISSN: 1471-4175
Rights: © 2011 Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Divisions: Schools > School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment
Record created by: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 11:01
Last Modified: 23 Aug 2016 09:13

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