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Title: Role of national institutions in promoting innovation by contractors in Singapore
Authors: Na, L.J.
Ofori, G. 
Ling, F.Y.Y. 
Hua, G.B. 
Keywords: Innovation
National institutions
Systems thinking
Issue Date: 2007
Citation: Na, L.J., Ofori, G., Ling, F.Y.Y., Hua, G.B. (2007). Role of national institutions in promoting innovation by contractors in Singapore. Construction Management and Economics 25 (10) : 1021-1039. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The complexity of the relationships among the government, national institutions and enterprises often hinders efforts to understand the effectiveness of national institutions in encouraging contractors to innovate. The role of national institutions in stimulating innovation is investigated, with a focus on construction firms in Singapore. A qualitative systems model portraying the role of national institutions in the construction industry is developed and validated through statistical analysis and interviews. Technological advance from national institutions that cultivates a competitive environment is able to stimulate a direct increase in construction innovation, and develop industry clusters that enhance the contractors' research capabilities. The primary policy recommendation is that a national body that unifies various institutions and parties within the construction sector should be established to spearhead an integrated and focused research agenda for the construction industry.
Source Title: Construction Management and Economics
ISSN: 01446193
DOI: 10.1080/01446190701209925
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