Accumulating intellectual capital for a novel housing construction system in integrated supply chain environments

London, K and Siva, J 2012, 'Accumulating intellectual capital for a novel housing construction system in integrated supply chain environments', in Melhado, S. B.; Santos, E. T.; Bouchlaghem, D. (ed.) Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Innovation in Architecture, Engineering & Construction, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 15-17 August, 2012, pp. 1-15.


Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Conference Papers

Title Accumulating intellectual capital for a novel housing construction system in integrated supply chain environments
Author(s) London, K
Siva, J
Year 2012
Conference name 7th International Conference on Innovation in Architecture, Engineering & Construction
Conference location Sao Paulo, Brazil
Conference dates 15-17 August, 2012
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Innovation in Architecture, Engineering & Construction
Editor(s) Melhado, S. B.; Santos, E. T.; Bouchlaghem, D.
Publisher Escola politecnica, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil and the Centre for Innovative & Collaborative CK
Place of publication Sao Paulo, Brazil
Start page 1
End page 15
Total pages 15
Abstract In the 1980s an innovative concrete footing system was designed, tested, developed and constructed to address the problem of high variability in onsite materials management. The need to improve reliability in housing concrete footings was directly related to a business imperative. At the time the state manager of a large national housing developer was exploring ways to increase revenues through developing efficient on-site materials management. The genesis of the solution was borrowed and adapted from other situations. The human story of the creation, development and adaptation journey of the innovation had not been uncovered although the technical story was well documented. The Australian Housing Supply Chain Alliance commissioned a study so that lessons could be learned about the pathway for highly innovative firms seeking to explore and commercialise novel ideas. Eight detailed semi-structured interviews with ten participants from seven organisations were conducted combined with document analysis from organisational records and court reports. A narrative analysis was used to map fifty one stories from the ten key protagonists against the agenda setting, matching, redefining and routinising innovation process framework. Contributions of intellectual, social and culture capital were identified across the collaborating organisations clarify the innovator group capability. This paper focussed on the role of intellectual capital for the successful implementation of an innovative housing construction system. Intellectual capital was a very important theme arising from this study including sub themes; knowledge domains, like-mindedness, collective contributions, re-strategising and adaptability, formalisation and ownership of intellectual property, patents and disputes, demonstration of credibility and building of reputation through various artefacts.
Subjects Building Construction Management and Project Planning
Keyword(s) innovation
housing sector
intellectual capital
integrated supply chain
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