Technology Development in Road Infrastructure: The Relevance of Government Championing Behavior

Technovation, Vol. 31, Nos. 5 & 6, pp. 270-283, May-June 2011

Posted: 28 Feb 2012

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Jasper Caerteling

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Anthony Di Benedetto

Temple University

Andre Doree

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Johannes I. M. Halman

Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE) - Faculty of Technology Management

Michael Song

Barclays Investment Bank

Date Written: 2011

Abstract

Low-technology industries are largely neglected in technology management literature. Yet, recent studies show the crucial importance of innovation in low-technology industries. In this study, we analyze technology development projects in a specific low-technology industry, road infrastructure, being a major sector and an important contributor to both GDP and employment. We focus on the effect of government behavior on technology development projects in road infrastructure. In road infrastructure, government plays an important role as a buyer and first user of technology. Based on the business strategy literature and literature on technology policy, we test the relative importance of a firm's strategy and government behavior in this low-technology industry. Specifically, we build and empirically test a conceptual model in which government behaviors (technology championship and procurement policy) and strategic orientation (internal/cost orientation and innovation orientation) are antecedents to project performance, which is assessed in terms of performance relative to budget, quality, and time objectives, and also in terms of benefits to customers. Our empirical findings stress the value of government championing behavior and show that this behavior is more important than innovative procurement policies. The results even suggest that government championship is more important than a firm's strategic orientation.

Suggested Citation

Caerteling, Jasper and Di Benedetto, Anthony and Doree, Andre and Halman, Johannes I. M. and Song, Michael, Technology Development in Road Infrastructure: The Relevance of Government Championing Behavior (2011). Technovation, Vol. 31, Nos. 5 & 6, pp. 270-283, May-June 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2012780

Jasper Caerteling

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Andre Doree

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Johannes I. M. Halman

Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE) - Faculty of Technology Management ( email )

P.O. Box 513
5600 MB Eindhoven
Netherlands
+040 247 2662/2170 (Phone)
+040 246 8054 (Fax)

Michael Song

Barclays Investment Bank ( email )

5 The North Colonnade
London, Canary Wharf E14 4BB
United Kingdom

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