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

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Bilgin G., Bilgin P., Dikmen Toker İ., Birgönül M. T.

The International Conference on Innovation, Technology, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, Manama, Bahrain, 26 - 27 November 2019, pp.3-12

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • City: Manama
  • Country: Bahrain
  • Page Numbers: pp.3-12
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


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 of

payments 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 the

industry-level as well as supporting mechanisms such as funding schemes for research and development

in the priority areas, and platforms to enable knowledge transfer between various stakeholders. In this

paper, we will discuss the innovation vision within the Turkish construction industry, by referring to various

construction industry-specific reports. Specifically, we will investigate the vision and conceptualization of

innovation in the “Construction Industry Roadmap” as a part of the 10th Development Plan that was

prepared by the Turkish Ministry of Development. A comparative study has been carried out between this

report 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 to

a large extent, the innovation was approached in a broader sense considering concepts such as “systemic

innovation”, “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 from

a wider lens will be discussed as well as recommendations for further studies.