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Exploiting suppliers' potential in construction innovations

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2017 International Conference on Engineering, Technology and Innovation
Subtitle of host publicationEngineering, Technology and Innovation Management Beyond 2020: New Challenges, New Approaches, ICE/ITMC 2017 - Proceedings
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781538607749
Publication statusPublished - 2 Feb 2018
Publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventInternational Conference on Engineering, Technology and Innovation -
Duration: 1 Jan 1900 → …


ConferenceInternational Conference on Engineering, Technology and Innovation
Period1/01/00 → …


There is a need to understand ways to enhance innovations in the construction industry. It is argued that suppliers have potential to develop new innovations, but they are largely neglected in earlier construction-related research. This research focuses on suppliers' role in construction innovations, and the aim of the research is to increase understanding of practices for exploiting suppliers' potential in that context. A qualitative, explanatory research strategy is employed in the context of construction industry in Finland. Eighteen interviews are conducted with contractors to discover experiences and practices related to suppliers' potential in construction innovations. The results reveal practices for exploiting supplier's potential in construction innovations. As a key contribution, the research shows that suppliers have an important role in construction innovation but exploitation of suppliers' potential is still rather underdeveloped.


  • construction innovation, project networks, supplier management

Publication forum classification

Field of science, Statistics Finland