Promoting innovation in construction SMEs: An EU case study

Alex Wharton, David Payne

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Construction is one of the oldest and most important industries. It provides shelter and a physical framework or basis for many human activities. It enables us to live, socialize and exploit our environment – in short, to realize our potential. However, it also constrains our potential in that it imposes limits on enterprise, innovation, productivity and the ability to sustain growth by tackling poverty, social exclusion and climate change. This article describes the main features of the EU construction sector and addresses some problems related to promoting sustainable construction. The basic needs of construction SMEs in particular are described, as well as measures being taken to address these needs. Europe and developed countries on other continents may have much to learn from the development approach and support systems of projects in developing countries.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)76-79
Number of pages4
JournalIndustry and Environment
Issue number2-3
Publication statusPublished - 2003
MoE publication typeD1 Article in a trade journal


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