Innovation Vision of the Turkish Construction Industry: A Comparative Qualitative Content Analysis of Strategic Roadmaps

Bilgin, Gizem
Bilgin, Pinar
Dikmen Toker, İrem
Birgönül, Mustafa Talat
Construction plays a crucial role in Turkey’s economic development, accounting for nearly 8-9% of GDP.The growing global competitiveness of Turkish contractors also contributes significantly to the balance ofpayments of Turkey. It is widely acknowledged that competitiveness of firms depends on national“innovation systems,” that is shaped by government policy, and an innovation vision is needed at theindustry-level as well as supporting mechanisms such as funding schemes for research and developmentin the priority areas, and platforms to enable knowledge transfer between various stakeholders. In thispaper, we will discuss the innovation vision within the Turkish construction industry, by referring to variousconstruction industry-specific reports. Specifically, we will investigate the vision and conceptualization ofinnovation in the “Construction Industry Roadmap” as a part of the 10th Development Plan that wasprepared by the Turkish Ministry of Development. A comparative study has been carried out between thisreport and a white paper entitled as “Shaping the Future of Construction: Insights to redesign the industry”that was prepared by the World Economic Forum (WEF) by conducting a content analysis using NVivo.Although the content of two documents in terms of the “drivers” and “enablers” of innovation coincides toa large extent, the innovation was approached in a broader sense considering concepts such as “systemicinnovation”, “lessons learned”, “disruptive innovation”, “eco-innovation”, “incremental innovation” and“open source innovation” in the WEF’s report. Potential benefits of looking at the innovation system froma wider lens will be discussed as well as recommendations for further studies.
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G. Bilgin, P. Bilgin, İ. Dikmen Toker, and M. T. Birgönül, “Innovation Vision of the Turkish Construction Industry: A Comparative Qualitative Content Analysis of Strategic Roadmaps,” Manama, Bahreyn, 2019, p. 3, Accessed: 00, 2021. [Online]. Available: