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Advancing construction industry development, innovative research and new thinking

Hughes, W. (2014) Advancing construction industry development, innovative research and new thinking. In: 8th Construction Industry Development Board (cidb) Postgraduate Conference, 10-11 Feb 2014, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, pp. 33-45. (ISBN 9780956606082)

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Academic writing has a tendency to be turgid and impenetrable. This is not only anathema to communication between academics, but also a major barrier to advancing construction industry development. Clarity in our communication is a prerequisite to effective collaboration with industry. An exploration of what it means to be an academic in a University is presented in order to provide a context for a discussion on how academics might collaborate with industry to advance development. There are conflicting agendas that pull the academic in different directions: peer group recognition, institutional success and industry development. None can be achieved without the other, which results in the need for a careful balancing act. While academics search for better understandings and provisional explanations within the context of conceptual models, industry seeks the practical application of new ideas, whether the ideas come from research or experience. Universities have a key role to play in industry development and in economic development.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Divisions:Science > School of the Built Environment > Organisation, People and Technology group
ID Code:63817
Uncontrolled Keywords:editing, peer review, publishing, refereeing, writing


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