Innovation in the Construction and Property Management Industries

Wynn, Martin G and Jones, Peter and Roberts, Carolyn R and Little, Edward (2008) Innovation in the Construction and Property Management Industries. Property Management, 26 (1). pp. 66-78.

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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this practice paper is to examine how the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) scheme has been employed to introduce change and deliver business benefit in the construction industry. Design/methodology/approach – The paper begins with an introduction to the KTP scheme and its context within the University of Gloucestershire which serves as an introduction to three case studies, each one covering a 21‐24 month time span. The cases draw their empirical material from the experience of managing the KTPs, interviews, meeting minutes, board papers and final reports. Findings – All three case studies have been successful in the introduction of new thinking or new ways of working in different areas of business. In one case study, a new marketing strategy was developed and implemented; in another, a new consultancy capability has been developed and embedded in the company; and in the third, new information systems were introduced to support corporate growth. Originality/value – The value of the case studies lies in their originality and the paper highlights the value of the KTP scheme as a catalyst for the introduction of new ideas and initiatives in three different sectors of the construction industry. The paper also illustrates how academics can work productively in a commercial environment with industry partners

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Innovation, Small to medium‐sized enterprises, Knowledge transfer, Marketing strategy, Information systems
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Computing and Applied Sciences > School of Computing and Technology > Technical Computing
Research Priority Areas: Innovation, Design and Technology
Depositing User: Susan Turner
Date Deposited: 27 Jan 2015 10:50
Last Modified: 30 Aug 2016 05:40
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/1050

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