Structural change constantly dominates the construction industry, and forces many firms to periodically make crucial strategic decisions. These decisions often relate to both the breadth and depth of the future range of services the firms intend to offer. Moreover, the current trend towards the bundling of services (such as design, construction, operation, maintenance, financing and facility management) requires firms to assess their range of services and pinpoint aspects of cost and differentiation, as well as to devise competitive strategies for selected market segments. Innovation Management for Systems Integration in Construction underlines the complexity of innovation management decisions into account by considering the interdependence of culture, strategy and organisation in innovation management and their interaction with organisational conditions. Suitable for the young professional and the advanced student, Innovation Management for Systems Integration in Construction covers a broad range of construction organisations, including contractors, architectural and engineering firms as well as large and medium sized building firms.
Examples from the construction industry illustrate the innovation management principles introduced and provide a practical basis to the theoretical framework.
University of Twente, the Netherlands TNO Built Environment and Geosciences, the Netherlands
1. Introduction 2. Systems integration and innovation generation 3. Systems integration and innovation realisation 4. Cultural aspects of managing construction innovation 5. Strategic aspects of managing construction innovation 6. Organisational aspects of managing construction innovation 7. Conclusion