Firm and project innovation outcome measures in infrastructure megaprojects: An interpretive structural modelling approach.

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From: Technovation(Vol. 109)
Publisher: Elsevier Science Publishers
Document Type: Report; Brief article
Length: 324 words

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Keywords Infrastructure megaprojects; Innovation outcomes; Measures; Relationships; Project innovation Highlights * Infrastructure megaprojects are an ideal setting for innovation. * Owner-level, supplier-level, and project-level innovation outcomes are simultaneously studied. * We identified measures of innovation outcome at the firm-level and project-level and their relationships. * Five innovation outcome measures have the greatest driving power. * We identified counter-intuitive relationships that should be examined in further studies. Abstracts Infrastructure megaprojects are characterised by huge investment, vast complexity in technical and organisational terms, and extensive innovation. Innovation outcomes have been extensively investigated at the owner/operator and project-based firm/supplier levels (both combined shortly named 'firm-level'), with the project-level being far less studied and the simultaneously study of firm and project innovation being a knowledge gap. Considering the case of infrastructure megaprojects in China, this paper identifies infrastructure megaprojects' innovation outcome measures at both the firm-level and project-level simultaneously and investigates their relationships. This paper employs a mixed-method approach leveraging interpretive structural modelling (ISM) and the matrix of cross-impact multiplications analysis. The model derives 22 innovation outcome measures, divided into five hierarchy levels, describing owner-level, supplier-level, and project-level innovation in infrastructure megaprojects. Five measures have the greatest driving power: 1) Creation or improvement in construction technology, 2) Creation or improvement in the construction process, 3) Creation of new construction standards, 4) Creation or improvement of contract form, and 5) Creation or improvement in financial arrangements. The results can help researchers and practitioners better understand how to evaluate and manage innovations at both the firm-level and project-level in infrastructure megaprojects. Author Affiliation: (a) School of Economics and Management, Tongji University, 1500 Siping Road, Shanghai, 200092, PR China (b) School of Civil Engineering, University of Leeds, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, LS2 9JT, UK * Corresponding author. Article History: Received 8 September 2020; Revised 2 July 2021; Accepted 10 July 2021 Byline: Xiaoyan Chen [] (a), Giorgio Locatelli [] (b), Xinyue Zhang [] (a), Yunhao Gong [] (a), Qinghua He [] (a,*)

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