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Motivations for innovation in the built environment: new directions for research

Whyte, J. and Sexton, M. (2011) Motivations for innovation in the built environment: new directions for research. Building Research and Information, 39 (5). pp. 473-482. ISSN 1466-4321

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1080/09613218.2011.592268


Innovation in the built environment involves multiple actors with diverse motivations. Policy-makers find it difficult to promote changes that require cooperation from these numerous and dispersed actors and to align their sometimes divergent interests. Established research traditions on the economics and management of innovation pay only limited attention to stakeholder choices, engagement and motivation. This paper reviews the insights that emerge as research in these traditions comes into contact with work on innovation from sociological and political perspectives. It contributes by highlighting growing areas of research on user involvement in complex innovation, collective action, distributed innovation and transition management. To differing extents, these provide approaches to incorporate the motivations of different actors into theoretical understanding. These indicate new directions for research that promise to enrich understanding of innovation.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Science > School of the Built Environment > Organisation, People and Technology group
ID Code:21699
Uncontrolled Keywords:built environment, design, innovation theory, institutions, networks, stakeholders, transitions
Additional Information:Special issue: motivating stakeholders to deliver environmental change
Publisher:Taylor & Francis


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