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Policies, Programs and People that Shape Innovation in Housing by Andrew R. Sanderford, Andrew P. McCoy

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CHAPTER 6

THE RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION SUPPLY CHAIN AND ITS STAKEHOLDERS

Andrew McCoy

Compared to other industries, residential construction does not follow a traditional model of innovation: Complexity in the homebuilding industry presents challenges to traditional innovation models that resist the use of innovative products, processes, and services; it is considered a complex product and system (CoPS) (Gann 2000) not characterized by a few large firms with similar product designs; the supply chain is decentralized, variable, and contains many stakeholders who do not originate or implement, yet strongly influence innovation adoption. Along the supply chain, the literature suggests that some stakeholders either do not fully comprehend the benefits ...

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