Title page for ETD etd-08062008-184749

Type of Document Dissertation
Author McCoy, Andrew Patton
Author's Email Address apmccoy@vt.edu
URN etd-08062008-184749
Title Commercialization for Innovative Products in the Residential Construction Industry
Degree PhD
Department Environmental Design and Planning
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Thabet, Walid Committee Chair
Badinelli, Ralph D. Committee Member
Beliveau, Yvan J. Committee Member
Koebel, Charles Theodore Committee Member
O'Brien, Michael J. Committee Member
  • Residential Construction
  • Commercialization
  • Innovation
Date of Defense 2008-07-25
Availability unrestricted
This work presents the development of a new framework for the commercialization of innovative products in the residential construction industry. It is the aim of this work to identify commercialization decisions, actions, risks, barriers and accelerators specific to the residential construction industry market that will increase the acceptance of product innovations for those developing them.

Commercialization is broadly defined as the process of developing a business enterprise from an idea, through feasibility and implementation, to its acceptance into a market (USDOE 1999, Goldsmith 2003). Commercialization frameworks describe the concurrent decisions and actions along the innovation development process, optimizing all of the technical and business decisions required for a successful introduction to the marketplace. Successful commercialization frameworks serve as a form of development plan, promoting solutions to questions and problems that arise along the development path.

This research derives such a framework for the commercialization of innovative products and makes it specific to residential construction through the following tasks:

1. Understanding standard terminology: defining innovation and commercialization as they relate to this work.

2. Creating a lens for the unique nature of commercialization in this industry: deriving a commercialization framework (matrix) from the research literature in business, construction, and concurrent engineering, capable of accepting later alterations.

3. Understanding the manufacturer’s role and risks: conducting case study interviews for fifteen innovative residential construction products that specify important tasks, risks and benefits for commercialization.

4. Understanding the role, risks and benefits of builders, as users of innovation: comparing case studies and workshop surveys of many residential construction industry players that focus on the builder to establish parameters for the innovation commercialization matrix.

5. Linking both manufacturer and builder: comparing manufacturer commercialization best-practices with builder adoption patterns for innovative products over time.

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