Innovate to compete: an empirical assessment of measures to enhance innovation adoption in Ghanaian quantity surveying firms

Torku, A. and Owusu-Manu, De-Graft and Pärn, E.A. and Addy, M.N. and Edwards, D.J. (2017) Innovate to compete: an empirical assessment of measures to enhance innovation adoption in Ghanaian quantity surveying firms. In: 6th International Conference on Infrastructure Development in Africa, 12th April 2017, Ghana.


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Innovation in construction services is a source of competitive advantage; thus, firms are constantly innovating new ways of working and producing new productsin order tostay in competion. Regardless of this immeasurable benefitof innovation, the Ghanaian quantity surveying (QS) firms are very sluggish in adopting innovation. Also, there is a paucity of research work that will enable QS firms to maximize innovation adoption. This study was conducted to identifyand examinemeasures to enhance innovation adoption in Ghanaian QS firms. Quantitativeapproach and census sampling techniquewere employed in the study. The dependent variables retrieved from 24 out of 43 questionnaires administered to QS firms in Accra and Kumasi were analysed using mean score and Kendall’s coefficient of concordance test. The study concluded that leadership, information and communication technology, supportive work environment, education and training policy, collaboration with partners, and organisational resources are the mostsignificant measures to enhancinginnovation adoption in Ghanaian QS firms. It is recommended thatQS firmsconstantly put into practice large spectraof new ideas in rendering services in order not to be out of competition. This study could serve asbasis for management invarious QS firms in drawing up policies to enhance innovation adoption. Also, QS firms in other developing countries particularly those in sub-Saharan Africawhere thechallenges impeding innovation are likely to be similar can also benefit from the findings. Future research could be focusedon identifying the key attributes and managing the expectations of innovation champions in the QS firms.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
1 April 2017Accepted
12 April 2017Published Online
Uncontrolled Keywords: Innovation, Construction Industry, Consultancy Service, Quantity Surveying, Ghana
Subjects: CAH13 - architecture, building and planning > CAH13-01 - architecture, building and planning > CAH13-01-02 - building
Divisions: Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment > School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Depositing User: David Edwards
Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2020 14:37
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2022 13:25

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