Exploiting suppliers' potential in construction innovations

Rami Sariola

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    There is a need to understand ways to enhance innovations in the construction industry. It is argued that suppliers have potential to develop new innovations, but they are largely neglected in earlier construction-related research. This research focuses on suppliers' role in construction innovations, and the aim of the research is to increase understanding of practices for exploiting suppliers' potential in that context. A qualitative, explanatory research strategy is employed in the context of construction industry in Finland. Eighteen interviews are conducted with contractors to discover experiences and practices related to suppliers' potential in construction innovations. The results reveal practices for exploiting supplier's potential in construction innovations. As a key contribution, the research shows that suppliers have an important role in construction innovation but exploitation of suppliers' potential is still rather underdeveloped.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication2017 International Conference on Engineering, Technology and Innovation
    Subtitle of host publicationEngineering, Technology and Innovation Management Beyond 2020: New Challenges, New Approaches, ICE/ITMC 2017 - Proceedings
    Number of pages7
    ISBN (Electronic)9781538607749
    Publication statusPublished - 2 Feb 2018
    Publication typeA4 Article in conference proceedings
    EventInternational Conference on Engineering, Technology and Innovation -
    Duration: 1 Jan 1900 → …


    ConferenceInternational Conference on Engineering, Technology and Innovation
    Period1/01/00 → …


    • construction innovation
    • project networks
    • supplier management

    Publication forum classification

    • Publication forum level 1

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Computer Science Applications
    • Software
    • Engineering (miscellaneous)
    • Computer Networks and Communications


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