Technology Transfer in Construction: Learning from the Manufacturing Industry

Ismail, Fuziah and Ruikar, Kirti D. and Carrillo, Patricia and Anumba, Chimay J. (2009) Technology Transfer in Construction: Learning from the Manufacturing Industry. In: 25th Annual Conference of the Association of Researchers in Construction Management, ARCOM 2009, 7 - 9 September 2009, Nottingham, United Kingdom.


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The construction industry has adopted several techniques from the manufacturing industry; these include lean production and just-in-time delivery methods. This demonstrates learning between industries which may be extended to the area of technology transfer. The opportunities for learning from manufacturing s technology transfer practices are based on the constant transfer of new and partially developed technologies from outside the firm into the product development process and the shared characteristics between the industries. The research described in this paper aims to investigate the approaches to technology transfer in the manufacturing sector that may be applicable to multi-national construction projects. A series of detailed semi-structured interviews with four large manufacturing companies in the UK was conducted. The results suggest that manufacturing and construction have similarity in terms of the drivers for technology transfer and the process of transferring technology. The construction technology being transferred highlight significant similarity within two companies. The transferred technology includes the methods, resources and work tasks. Possible lessons that can be learnt from manufacturing include the development of technology transfer goal, conducting resource planning and development of a transfer programme.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Construction; Learning; Manufacturing; Technology transfer
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Built Environment > Construction
Depositing User: FAB IR Admin
Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2014 02:18
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2014 02:22

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