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

Anne Staal, John Tookey, Jeff Seadon, Gert Walhof, Mark Mobach

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Abstract

Traditionally, the construction industry in New Zealand and in other countries has seen a low productivity and a low track record for successful innovations (Fairweather, 2010). The industry also lags in sustainability (e.g. Nemry, 2008) when seen from a broader or lifecycle perspective. This has a negative impact on private and government spending, on quality and health/wellbeing, and on the environment.
This paper posits that the construction industry needs non-incremental (disruptive or discontinuous, i.e. modular, architectural, system or radical) sustainable technology innovations to make drastic improvements in sustainability. Such innovations are often procured (acquired) and (co-) developed by small entrepreneurial firms thus introducing such innovations into the construction and building industry. However it is unclear exactly how entrepreneurial small firms procure non-incremental sustainable technology innovations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 4th New Zealand Built Environment Research Symposium (NZBERS)
EditorsJasper Mbachu
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-473-22933-1
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2014
Event4th New Zealand Built Environment Research Symposium (NZBERS) 2014: shaping future directions for collaborative built environment research and practice in New Zealand - Massey University, Albany Campus, Albany, New Zealand
Duration: 14 Nov 2014 → …
http://construction.massey.ac.nz/nzbers-2014.htm

Conference

Conference4th New Zealand Built Environment Research Symposium (NZBERS) 2014
Abbreviated titleNZBERS
CountryNew Zealand
CityAlbany
Period14/11/14 → …
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Keywords

  • construction industry
  • innovation
  • procurement

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Staal, A., Tookey, J., Seadon, J., Walhof, G., & Mobach, M. (2014). Procurement of non-incremental sustainable technology innovations: the case of small entrepreneurial firms supplying New Zealand construction & building industry. In J. Mbachu (Ed.), Proceedings of the 4th New Zealand Built Environment Research Symposium (NZBERS)