Procurement of non-incremental sustainable technology innovations: entrepreneurial firms supplying the New Zealand construction industry

Anne Staal, John Tookey

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Abstract

Traditionally construction industries in New Zealand and abroad have a low track record for successful sustainable innovations. This has a negative impact on private and government spending, and on quality, society and the environment. This conceptual paper posits that the construction industry needs non-incremental (i.e. architectural, system, radical, modular) sustainable technology innovations to make drastic improvements. Such innovations often come from entrepreneurial (small) firms from other industries or at the beginning of supply chains and must be procured and adopted further into such chains. However, after an extensive literature review it remains unclear how entrepreneurial firms procure non-incremental sustainable technology innovations for the construction industry. The paper focuses on procurement activities of entrepreneurial firms in the New Zealand context. These activities interact with (internal and external) innovation activities for an optimal firm performance. They are affected by clusters of internal and external variables.
The paper discusses extant literature, a conceptual framework, main propositions, research aims and the choice for a focus group method. It is part of a doctoral project.
Paper, presented at ACERE 2015 in Adelaide Australia.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2015
Event10th Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research Exchange (ACERE) Conference 2015 - QUT Business School, Adelaide, Australia
Duration: 3 Feb 20156 Feb 2015
Conference number: 10th
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Conference

Conference10th Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research Exchange (ACERE) Conference 2015
Abbreviated titleACERE 2015
CountryAustralia
CityAdelaide
Period3/02/156/02/15
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Keywords

  • new zealand
  • construction industry
  • sustainability
  • strategic purchase management
  • technological innovation
  • smes

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    Staal, A., & Tookey, J. (2015). Procurement of non-incremental sustainable technology innovations: entrepreneurial firms supplying the New Zealand construction industry. Paper presented at 10th Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research Exchange (ACERE) Conference 2015, Adelaide, Australia.