Networks and Innovation: Sustainable Technologies in Scottish Social Housing

11 Pages Posted: 1 Jul 2004

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Paul Dewick

University of Manchester - Manchester Business School

Marcela Miozzo

University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST)

Abstract

The process of innovation often involves the participation of several firms and organizations in a network. This paper improves our understanding of the role of inter-organizational relations in such networks. It assesses how sustainable technologies in the Scottish social housing sector are introduced and diffused. Drawing on detailed interviews, the paper shows that despite policy initiatives by the National Housing Agency to encourage sustainable technologies and processes, a number of factors related to the organizational structure of the construction industry militate against the achievement of this objective. The different aims of the parties involved in the construction chain may not be easily reconciled and traditional approaches to construction may reinforce these differences, hindering efforts to introduce innovation.

Suggested Citation

Dewick, Paul and Miozzo, Marcela, Networks and Innovation: Sustainable Technologies in Scottish Social Housing. R&D Management, Vol. 34, No. 3, pp. 323-333, June 2004. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=549802

Paul Dewick

University of Manchester - Manchester Business School ( email )

P.O. Box 88
Manchester, M15 6PB
United Kingdom

Marcela Miozzo

University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) ( email )

Oxford Road
Manchester M60 1QD, M13 9PL
United Kingdom

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