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Title: The case for slack to promote innovative behaviour in construction organisations
Authors: Horsthuis, Christopher
Thomson, Derek S.
Fernie, Scott
Keywords: Behaviour
Innovation
Organisational slack
Organisational culture
Resource management
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM)
Citation: HORSTHUIS, C., THOMSON, D.S. and FERNIE, S., 2012. The case for slack to promote innovative behaviour in construction organisations. IN: Proceedings of the 28th Annual ARCOM Conference, Edinburgh, 3 - 5 September 2012, 10pp.
Abstract: The ability and willingness of individuals is a prerequisite to innovation. These traits are not unique to innovation in construction, but are universal amongst all innovative firms. Innovative behaviours depend on organisational resources and their deployment via managerial action. Organisational slack is forwarded as an enabler of innovation, as it makes a pool of unallocated resources available to connect ability to innovate and willingness to innovate. The authors posit that researchers and practitioners alike have failed to appreciate this enabler of innovative behaviour causing the principles of slack to be improperly overlooked. The case for slack resource allocation as a precursor to innovation is developed and the need to survey the attitudes towards slack organisational management held by construction organisations established. Institutionalism is identified as an analytical framework capable of explaining the interactions within the firm that differentiate between innovative and non-innovative construction organisations. A theoretical model of the role played by slack resource availability in stimulating innovative behaviours is developed for validation by a subsequent fieldwork programme.
Description: This is a conference paper. The publisher's website is at: http://www.arcom.ac.uk/
Version: Accepted for publication
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/10401
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