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From Tools to Theories: Four Approaches to Construction IT Research
Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Civil Engineeering and Lighting Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7867-3895
Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Civil Engineeering and Lighting Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7016-9360
2019 (English)In: , Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM), 2019Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Construction IT (CIT) has recently developed into a research field in its own right, with a unifying goal of enhancing the use of digital technologies to improve performance by enabling faster, cheaper, and better construction. However, we argue that CIT research has even greater potential. Therefore, the purpose of this paper is to analyse the current state of CIT research and illustrate how its scope can be extended to make relevant and interesting contributions to the wider information systems (IS) community. Based on a phenomenology-inspired analysis of contemporary CIT research, we identified four streams of research. Each stream is characterized by its taken-for-granted assumptions, core audience, and assumed purpose of theories. The identified streams are: Building better buildings with IT; Building buildings with IT theories; Building theories of construction IT; and Building better IT/IS theories. For each stream, we discussed the general view on IT/IS and provided examples of potential publication outlets. This article provides a schematic overview of CIT research, as well as new insights into challenges and opportunities in extending CIT contributions, and making them relevant to a wider IS community.

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Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM), 2019.
Keywords [en]
digital, theory, methodology, phenomenology, Construction IT
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Information Systems
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-45948OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-45948DiVA, id: diva2:1351027
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35th Annual ARCOM Conference, Leeds, UK, 2-4 September, 2019
Available from: 2019-09-13 Created: 2019-09-13 Last updated: 2019-09-16Bibliographically approved

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