June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
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Innovation in Construction: New Course Development Within a Construction Management CurriculumThe U.S. construction industry has long been saddled with a reputation as being resistant to theadoption of innovation. Countless scholarly papers and articles in the popular press haveidentified this trait and bemoaned its effects on the construction industry and the country as awhole. It has been observed that failure to adopt innovation has serious ramifications because itincreases inefficiency by lessening build quality, increasing construction costs and increasingwaste. Ultimately critics assert these negatives have far reaching national implications as theycan adversely affect the United States’ financial well-being by reducing employment, slowingeconomic growth and lessening overall global competitiveness.To address these concerns and encourage a more innovation-receptive mentality within the upperclassmen of a construction management degree program, a new course was developed,“Innovation in Construction”.The goals of the course include: Provide the student with a critical eye towards inherent problems embedded within the construction industry. Enable the student to distinguish a valid innovation from a simple novelty. Recognize the importance innovation plays in the construction industry. Evaluate innovations by utilizing a risk benefit analysis-like approach.This paper will describe the development of this course, the special challenges associated with acourse topic that falls outside traditional construction management curricula, and the inherentreluctance to adopt change in any form – both on a personal and professional level. The courseattempts to reconcile the domestic industry’s penchant for conservatism with the global pressurefor advanced capabilities and on-going improvement. Including the course themes, the paperwill present assignments, tools, research sources, and course content.
White, J. W., & Ray, V. M., & Koo, D. D. (2014, June), Innovation in Construction: New Course Development Within a Construction Management Curriculum Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20648
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