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Institutional foundations of construction ICT: A view from the West Midlands of England
Coventry University, School of Energy, Coventry, United Kingdom.
Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Civil Engineeering and Lighting Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5373-4951
Coventry University, School of Energy, Coventry, United Kingdom.
Coventry University, School of Energy, Coventry, United Kingdom.
2018 (English)In: Proceeding of the 34th Annual ARCOM Conference, ARCOM 2018, Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM), 2018, p. 37-46Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Construction industry is of strategic importance to economic development and growth within any region and nation. However, the industry is confronted by many challenges including poor labour productivity. Part of the explanation frequently provided in literature is that the industry has been slow to adopt and institutionalize useful information and communication technologies (ICT). The research questions asked in this article are: What are the institutional foundations for West-Midlands construction firms to deliver their projects based on ICT and how can these be strengthened? These questions are asked for two reasons. The first is to understand the reasons behind slow ICT adoption and second, to inquire into what can be done about it. The article provides an overview of projects using advanced ICT in the region and presents the results of a focus group discussion undertaken with six industry experts. Scott's pillars of institutions were used for understanding how the foundations for ICT adaption in the region can be strengthened. Findings are that present regulations, incentives and perceptions of ICT can be further strengthened. While ICT adoption appears to accelerate in large projects, many practitioners remain sceptical as to whether the excessive costs associated with ICT adoptions are justified. The regulative pressures exerted by government in support of ICT adoption do not seem to have fully materialised in industrial practice. However, it is apparent that the normative and cultural cognitive pressures are rendered weak in the region with using advanced ICT being viewed as extraordinary rather than standard industrial practice. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM), 2018. p. 37-46
Keywords [en]
ICT, Institutional theory, West-Midlands, Construction industry, Industrial management, Project management, Construction firms, Economic development, Industrial practices, Information and Communication Technologies, Labour productivities, Research questions, Productivity
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Construction Management
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-42166Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85055660675OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-42166DiVA, id: diva2:1266916
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34th Annual Association of Researchers in Construction Management Conference, ARCOM 2018; Belfast; United Kingdom; 3 - 5 September 2018
Available from: 2018-11-29 Created: 2018-11-29 Last updated: 2018-11-29Bibliographically approved

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