Green building stakeholders must find ways to increase their knowledge of green innovations. In general, journal publications are a tool used to bridge the knowledge gap between research and real-world application. Yet, the problem is the specific degree to which green building journals could serve as a resource for self-learning is unknown. The purpose of this study was to examine qualitatively the feasibility and applicability of using green building journals as a tool in the diffusion of green innovations. In his Diffusion of Innovation Theory, Everett Rogers identified five factors that drive the perception that results in the diffusion of an innovation. As applied to the green building field, these five perception drivers are important because they are the litmus by which green building stakeholders could potentially test the innovations that will eventually be adopted or rejected. One resource that could be used by these stakeholders to form the perceptions that lead to innovation diffusion is journal publications. The goal of this dissertation was to follow the next logical step of an evaluation of the ability of journal publications to meet the perception formulation need through the presence or absence of the five drivers used to form those perceptions that result in innovation diffusion. This study was a non-participant, descriptive bibliometric analysis of content, trends, and patterns found in three journals from 2007 to 2011: Journal of Green Building, International Journal of Sustainable Development and World Ecology, and Sustainable Development. The objective was to evaluate related literature using bibliometric techniques to unravel the tapestry of green building literature in an effort to understand literary usefulness, composition, and direction. Evaluation of findings revealed that of the 710 articles reviewed, 120 contained green building innovation information and the Journal of Green Building was the most usable resource in light of both content-based and pattern-based research results. Future research would be beneficial in the areas of terminological clarification, resource identification, and innovation utilization.
|Advisor:||Adufutse, William Yaw|
|Commitee:||Adufutse, William Yaw, Munkeby, Steven H.|
|School Location:||United States -- Arizona|
|Source:||DAI-B 74/04(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Climate Change, Management, Environmental management, Sustainability|
|Keywords:||Diffusion, Green buildings, Green innovations, Procurement, Resource identification, Sustainable development|
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