Implementation of innovation: the inertia of implementing the open building concept in practice

Johannes A.W.H. van Oorschot, Elma Durmisevic, Johannes I.M. Halman

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    Abstract

    The Open Building concept has been developed half a century ago. Despite the relative potential advantages to society, this concept of Open Building has not been widely implemented in the construction industry. Consequently, it did not lead to a general new approach of designing structures. Why does the construction industry use the Open building concept so rarely among their projects? Using in-depth semi-structured interviews with the ‘founding fathers’ of Open Building in combination with literature, the inertia which obstructs the implementation of Open building in the construction industry are identified. The study shows that inertia on adopting the principles of Open Building are primarily related to the type of collaboration between firms on construction projects. Only few impediments are of technical nature.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationMISBE2011
    Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the international conference on management and innovation for a sustainable built environment, 19-23 June 2011, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
    EditorsJ.W.F. Wamelink, R.P. Geraedts, L. Volker
    Place of PublicationDelft, the Netherlands
    PublisherDelft University of Technology
    Number of pages16
    ISBN (Print)9789052693958
    Publication statusPublished - 19 Jun 2011
    EventInternational Conference on Management and Innovation for a Sustainable Built Environment, MISBE 2011 - Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Duration: 19 Jun 201123 Jun 2011

    Conference

    ConferenceInternational Conference on Management and Innovation for a Sustainable Built Environment, MISBE 2011
    Abbreviated titleMISBE
    CountryNetherlands
    CityAmsterdam
    Period19/06/1123/06/11

    Keywords

    • Innovation in construction
    • Open building
    • Implementation of innovation
    • Inertia

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