Holt, Gary David (2015) British Construction Business 1700-2000: Proactive Innovation or Reactive Evolution? Construction Innovation, 15 (3). pp. 258-277. ISSN 1471-4175
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/CI-02-2014-0016
Purpose: This paper aims to study the British construction sector c.1700-2000 and compare its “proactive” innovative development with “reactive” business evolution. Design/methodology/approach: Qualitative, interpretative, literature synthesis was used in this paper. Findings: Each of the three centuries observed exhibits distinct construction business (CB) characteristics resulting mainly from exogenous influences, including: macroeconomic forces, demand volatility, supply chain and allied sectors’ evolvement, division of labour, competition and technological change. For most CB organisations, innovation was principally an exogenous influence vis-à-vis endogenous strategic intention. Research limitations/implications: The study adds to a dearth of historical CB research and its documentation. Practical implications: The evolvement of construction organisations will be of relevance to CB stakeholders. Originality/value: Construction history is under-researched. Contrasting CB innovation and evolution is novel.
|Subjects:||Engineering > Civil engineering|
|Schools:||Faculty of Science and Technology > School of Engineering|
|Deposited By:||Gary David Holt|
|Deposited On:||15 Jul 2015 10:12|
|Last Modified:||09 Aug 2016 15:22|
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