A century of innovation in the Dutch construction industry

Frens Pries, Andries G. Doree

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In recent years, the number of publications on innovation in the construction industry has increased. Many of these documents address qualitative issues, e.g. policies for innovation and present case studies. A more quantitative approach is taken in this paper, which is the continuation of a previous study. It focuses on main types and sources of innovation in the construction industry, and includes an analysis of 55 years of publications in two leading Dutch professional journals. The results show a recent increase in innovation, with two-thirds of innovations coming out of supplying industries. Construction companies contribute mainly in process innovations. Innovation in construction remains to be technology- rather than market-driven. Regulations have a surprising impact, as over one-third of all counted new innovations are related to new regulations.
Original languageUndefined
Pages (from-to)561-564
Number of pages12
JournalConstruction management and economics
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2005


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  • IR-58578

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