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The innovation potential of integrated services and its utilisation through co‐operation

The innovation potential of integrated services and its utilisation through co‐operation In the last few years an increasing demand for integrated services could be recognised on the construction market. For construction firms this means that there is a wider scope for achieving advantages in competition. Based on a research project on the innovation behaviour of two Swiss contractors this paper presents the innovation potential of integrated services and the advantages and disadvantages of the present organizational structure of medium‐sized contractors with respect to the usage of this potential. Moreover, possibilities for construction firms to build up and benefit from internal and external co‐operation and to generate innovative constructional solutions are discussed. It is concluded that an innovative construction industry requires the ability of construction firms to co‐operate. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management Emerald Publishing

The innovation potential of integrated services and its utilisation through co‐operation

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Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2004 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0969-9988
DOI
10.1108/09699980410558520
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Abstract

In the last few years an increasing demand for integrated services could be recognised on the construction market. For construction firms this means that there is a wider scope for achieving advantages in competition. Based on a research project on the innovation behaviour of two Swiss contractors this paper presents the innovation potential of integrated services and the advantages and disadvantages of the present organizational structure of medium‐sized contractors with respect to the usage of this potential. Moreover, possibilities for construction firms to build up and benefit from internal and external co‐operation and to generate innovative constructional solutions are discussed. It is concluded that an innovative construction industry requires the ability of construction firms to co‐operate.

Journal

Engineering, Construction and Architectural ManagementEmerald Publishing

Published: Oct 1, 2004

Keywords: Integrated marketing; Competitive advantage; Innovation; Construction industry

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