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Horses for courses: Relating innovation diffusion concepts to the stage of the diffusion process

Larsen, G.D. (2005) Horses for courses: Relating innovation diffusion concepts to the stage of the diffusion process. Construction Management and Economics, 23 (8). pp. 787-792. ISSN 0144-6193

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To link to this article DOI: 10.1080/01446190500204770

Abstract/Summary

The research uses a sociological perspective to build an improved, context specific understanding of innovation diffusion within the UK construction industry. It is argued there is an iterative interplay between actors and the social system they occupy that directly influences the diffusion process as well as the methodology adopted. The research builds upon previous findings that argued a level of best fit for the three innovation diffusion concepts of cohesion, structural equivalence and thresholds. That level of best fit is analysed here using empirical data from the UK construction industry. This analysis allows an understanding of how the relative importance of these concepts' actually varies within the stages of the innovation diffusion process. The conclusion that the level of relevance fluctuates in relation to the stages of the diffusion process is a new development in the field.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Science > School of Construction Management and Engineering > Business Innovation in Construction
ID Code:12227
Uncontrolled Keywords:Actor, cohesion, diffusion stages, innovation, structure, structural equivalence, thresholds

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