Brokering innovation to better leverage R&D investment
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What is the contribution of innovation brokers in leveraging research and development (R&D) investment to enhance industry-wide capabilities? The case of the Australian Cooperative Research Centre for Construction Innovation (CRC CI) is considered in the context of motivating supply chain firms to improve their organizational capabilities in order to acquire, assimilate, transfer and exploit R&D outcomes to their advantage, and to create broader industry and national benefits. A previous audit and analysis has shown an increase in business R&D investment since 2001. The role of the CRC CI in contributing to growth in the absorptive capacity of the Australian construction industry as a whole is illustrated through two programmes: digital modelling/building information modelling (BIM) and construction site safety. Numerous positive outcomes in productivity, quality, improved safety and competitiveness were achieved between 2001 and 2009.
This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Building Research & Information, 04 02 2013, copyright Taylor & Francis, available online at: <a href="http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/09613218.2013.749771">http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/09613218.2013.749771</a>.
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