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Inventing the House by Charles T. Koebel, Dong Zhao, Andrew P. McCoy, Andrew R. Sanderford

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Chapter 1

Case-Specific Studies on Housing Innovation

Andrew R. Sanderford

1.1 Introduction

Nearly 20 years ago, some construction researchers argued that technology was changing faster than actors in the homebuilding market perceived (Toole 1998). Building on prior research (Dibner and Lemer 1992), some in the construction literature (Slaughter 1998) questioned the long-standing perception that the construction industry (even more so the homebuilder) was an innovation laggard and generally resistant to innovation.

Recent research focused on innovation in construction has continued to question the perspective of the builder as an innovation laggard by adapting empirically driven diffusion of innovation models to construction data (Kale and ...

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