Education and research in Japan's construction industry

Antonio Nanni, Hikaru Takeuchi, Kazuhisa Yahagi

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The paper reports some general observations and specific examples on technological innovation in Japan's construction industry. Educational background and scientific contribution of contractor-based researchers is addressed. With regard to university education, the difference between the disciplines of civil engineering and architecture and the relationship between university graduates and industry are discussed. With regard to research, the reasons that justify the existence of research-and-development (R&D) capabilities are given. The contribution of R&D efforts from general contractors to the advancement of technical knowledge in the form of papers and presentations is discussed. The organization of a specific technical research institute is shown as an example. The construction industry in Japan offers positive work conditions and is innovative rather than reactive to market demands. It is apparent that much could be gained by U.S. professionals by more closely monitoring Japanese technical output. R&D collaboration between U.S. and Japanese contractors should also be pursued.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)284-293
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1992
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Industrial relations
  • Strategy and Management


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