Paving the way to digital innovation: megaprojects, institutions and agency


As a social construct, innovation is influenced by and influences its context. This ongoing study includes a proposed approach and indicative findings to increase our understanding of digital innovation in the context of construction. Megaprojects, due to their embeddedness, longevity and pervasiveness offer a rich research setting to understand the interplay of institutions, agency and digital innovations. Data are collected using systematic literature review and analysed using synthetic strategies. Emergent findings reveal the importance of social actors moving across megaprojects and institutions and influencing digital innovation. Institutional push for digital innovation is detached from relevant technological emergence. Megaprojects are ideal vessels to capture and understand the generation of digital innovation.

In European Group for Organisation Studies (EGOS) conference, Sub-theme 52: Projects for Innovation: Managing Novelty and Uncertainty