Title: Virtual design and construction: innovation process and diffusion in Finnish construction business

Authors: Ville Matinaro; Yang Liu

Addresses: Department of Production, University of Vaasa, P.O. Box 700, 65101 Vaasa, Finland ' Department of Production, University of Vaasa, P.O. Box 700, 65101 Vaasa, Finland

Abstract: In construction business, implementation of innovations seems to be difficult especially when high-technology is involved. There are some observed barriers such as its cyclical nature and project-based working which are not ideal for implementing processes. This paper highlights leadership skills instead of traditional skills from the management and suggests that there is a need to change some human resource management practices. In projects-based industry, learning processes must happen in the projects themselves and cooperation between projects is highly important. Also good communication skills and channels are essential. Innovations and leadership have a crucial role in this process.

Keywords: innovation process; organisational learning; implementation; innovation diffusion; knowledge management; communication; leadership skills; Finland; virtual design; construction industry; human resource management; HRM; construction projects.

DOI: 10.1504/IJIL.2015.070869

International Journal of Innovation and Learning, 2015 Vol.18 No.2, pp.133 - 150

Received: 08 May 2021
Accepted: 12 May 2021

Published online: 16 Jul 2015 *

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