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Systems 2018, 6(3), 33; https://doi.org/10.3390/systems6030033

An Integrated Participatory Systems Modelling Approach: Application to Construction Innovation

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School of Engineering and Built Environment, Griffith University, Gold Coast, QLD 4222, Australia
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Cities Research Institute, Griffith University, Gold Coast, QLD 4222, Australia
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GCCRP Systems Modelling Group, Griffith University, Gold Coast, QLD 4222, Australia
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School of Civil Engineering and Technology, Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology, Thammasat University, Pathum Thani 12120, Thailand
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Housing Fund, Severnyy, 308519 Belgorod Region, Russia
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Received: 26 June 2018 / Revised: 19 July 2018 / Accepted: 14 August 2018 / Published: 20 August 2018
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This paper presents a novel five-stage integrated participatory systems modelling (IPSM) approach that can be used for a range of systems dynamics (SD) applications. The IPSM approach was formulated considering the advantages and disadvantages of existing SD modelling approaches, as well as balancing the competing goals of SD model development efficiency and robustness. A key feature of the IPSM approach is that stakeholders are central to each of the five stages of the modelling process from problem scoping, to scenario analysis and strategy implementation recommendations. Each stage of the IPSM approach was demonstrated through a case study of the innovation diffusion process in the Russian Federation construction industry. This highly complex innovation system could only be sufficiently understood using a SD model that was conceptualised, critiqued, codified, tested and utilised, by the relevant actors within that system (i.e., stakeholders). The IPSM approach facilitated the efficient formulation of the SD model for the case study application. The case study SD model simulation results indicate that sufficient government incentives and the active promotion of strong collaborative linkages between construction companies and universities are two key enablers of innovation development in the Russian Federation construction industry. View Full-Text
Keywords: participatory modelling; system dynamics; structural analysis; technological innovation; innovation system; innovation diffusion participatory modelling; system dynamics; structural analysis; technological innovation; innovation system; innovation diffusion
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Suprun, E.; Sahin, O.; Stewart, R.A.; Panuwatwanich, K.; Shcherbachenko, Y. An Integrated Participatory Systems Modelling Approach: Application to Construction Innovation. Systems 2018, 6, 33.

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