Real Estate and Construction
Research Centre: iLab
Active Dates: September 2011 – March 2015
Principal Investigator: Anita M.M. LIU
Funding body: GRF
This study aims to examine ways of fostering innovation in construction by creating a climate and culture of innovation with a high culture-structure fit that enhances continuous improvement through sustaining creativity.
- To examine how the magnitude of innovation culture dimensions affect the continuum of the ‘innovation-averse’ to the ‘innovation-conducive culture’ in construction.
- To investigate how the evolutionary change in the meaning of values and norms affect an organization to move away from an innovation-averse culture through encouragement of specific culture dimensions.
- To identify how the ‘match’ between culture and context secures continuous improvement through sustaining creativity.
- Amongst the various dimensions of culture, leadership, innovation climate and learning transfer climate, affect the continuum of innovation-conducive culture in construction;
- Different construction parties are influenced by different climate to innovation (e.g., Figure 1); and
- The match between organization context and culture facilitates the development of innovation in an organization.
- Liu A., Fellows R. (2012), Culture and Innovation. In Akintoye A., Goulding J.S., Zawdie G. (ed.) Construction Innovation and Process Improvement. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN: 9781405156486 [pp 63-94].
- Fellows R., Liu A.M.M. (2015), Sensemaking in the cross cultural contexts of projects. International Journal of Project Management, 34(2), 246-257.
- Liu A.M.M., Fellows R., Chan I.Y.S., (2014), Fostering Value Co-creation in Construction: A Case Study of an Airport Project in India. International Journal of Architecture, Engineering and Construction, 3(2), 120-130.
- Chan I.Y.S., Liu A.M.M., Fellows R. (2014), The role of leadership in fostering innovation climate in construction firms. ASCE Journal of Management in Engineering, 30(6), DOI: 06014003.
- Fellows R., Liu A.M.M. (2013), Use and Misuse of the Concept of Culture. Construction Management and Economics (CME). 31, 5, 401-422.
- Chan I.Y.S., Liu A.M.M. (2012), Antecedents of innovation climate in construction firms in Hong Kong. International Journal of Construction Management. 12 (4), 37-46.
- Fellows R., Liu A.M.M. (2012), Managing organizational interfaces in engineering construction projects: addressing fragmentation, innovation and boundary issues across multiple interfaces. CME, 30(8), 653-671.
- Kissi J., Dainty A., Liu A.M.M. (2012), Examining middle managers’ influence on innovation in construction professional services firms: a tale of three innovations. Construction Innovation: Information, Process, Management. Emerald. 12(1), 11-28.
- “Innovation in Construction: a view from the window of Culture” invited by the Bartlett School of Project Management, University College, London, 7th Dec 2015, UK.
- “Construction Innovation: Recent Research Development” invited by the College of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Zhejiang University, on 8 Apr 2015, PRC.
- “Managing Boundaries: BIM as a Boundary Object in Project Management” invited by the School of Construction Management and Real Estate, Chongqing University, 2nd Apr 2015, PRC.
- “Value Co-creation in Construction: Innovation or Re-invention” CPD seminar organized by HKIS, on 25 Feb 2014, HK.
- Most Read Article, 2013, awarded by the Taylor and Francis for the paper entitled ‘Use and misuse of the concept of culture’ published in CME. 31, 5, 401-422. Routledge.
Plus 3 manuscripts and 9 conference papers