Find out more about the N+ Research Programme and how it contributes to the Transforming Construction Challenge.
The N+ research team have a mission to add to the body of knowledge that informs future construction practice and policy.
Over the next year, the N+ will be developing research exploring business model and industry change, along with an industry focused digest series. The team will also be working with the academic-led projects funded by the N+ to identify emergent themes that can enhance research investments and accelerate industry transformation.
Exploring platforms in construction
In March 2020, the N+ research team published their second digest, 'Platform Thinking for Construction'.
This digest aims to clarify the ongoing conversation around platform thinking in construction, and organise how we consider the benefits of adopting a platform strategy. It begins by exploring the main categories of ‘platforms’ that are adopted by businesses. It describes how platforms are categorised in management research, synthesising insights from several key authors and considering how each concept is, and can be, applied to construction.
Constructive conversations: Platforms, platform thinking and the future of building
Designed to enhance the dialogue between academics, industry and policy-makers, the N+ Research Programme has developed a series of online event: Constructive Conversations.
Taking place on 25 June 2020, the event brought together academics and industry experts to exchange ideas about platform thinking in construction. The conversation was joined by Dr Luigi Mosca, N+ Research Fellow ;Trudi Sully, Impact Director for Manufacturing at the Construction Innovation Hub and Toby Uppington, Senior Vice President at AECOM and was moderated by Dr Kell Jones, N+ Research Fellow.
Researching emerging business models
In October 2019, the N+ research team published their first digest, ‘Changing Business Models: Implications for Construction’.
The UK Government’s Transforming Construction Agenda is encouraging firms in the industry to re-think how they create and deliver whole life value through the application of digital technologies, and new manufacturing techniques. Firms in the construction industry should be considering how their current business model can help them address the risks and opportunities arising from this transformation, and whether they need to change their business model to deliver on construction client expectations sustainably. In practice, we see quite a bit of confusion about what a business model actually is.
We have created this digest for businesses wanting to understand more about business models, and to provide a structure for exploring how their business models can be changed. To do so, the digest summarises influential ideas about business models from industry and academia. It begins by clarifying what business models are, goes on to describe a framework for thinking about analysing business models, and ends by exploring how organisations can change their business models.
The Research Programme is led by two N+ Co-Investigators, Professor Andrew Davies, and Professor Jennifer Whyte, in collaboration with Research Fellows Dr Kell Jones and Dr Luigi Mosca. Brief biographies of the research team can be found on our People page.