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  • 1. Eriksson, Per-Erik
    et al.
    Pesämaa, Ossi
    Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Centre for Innovation Systems, Entrepreneurship and Growth .
    Modelling procurement effects on cooperation building2007In: Construction Management and Economics, ISSN 0144-6193, E-ISSN 1466-433X, Vol. 25, no 8, p. 893-901Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 2.
    Gremyr, Ida
    et al.
    Division of Service Management and Logistics, Department of Technology Management and Economics, Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden.
    Bäckstrand, Jenny
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Supply Chain and Operations Management.
    Fredriksson, Anna
    Department of Science and Technology, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden.
    Gatenholm, Gabriella
    Division of Service Management and Logistics, Department of Technology Management and Economics, Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden.
    Halldórsson, Árni
    Division of Service Management and Logistics, Department of Technology Management and Economics, Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden.
    Blueprinting construction logistics services for quality improvement2023In: Construction Management and Economics, ISSN 0144-6193, E-ISSN 1466-433X, Vol. 41, no 1, p. 60-78Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Construction logistics services can, if implemented with high quality, positively impact both efficiency and sustainability of construction projects. However, present quality management frameworks have not been developed for temporary multi-actor contexts, such as construction, which is largely lacking industrialised processes. Still, construction logistics service providers provide service offerings to temporary settings and could thus benefit from a service quality perspective. Applying this perspective, this study supports the quality improvement of construction logistics services by using a service modularity approach to identify the services to prioritise for improvement. Building on interviews, concept mapping, and a service blueprint of a construction logistics setup, a priority matrix for improvements is developed. The first step in using this matrix is to operationalise the construction logistics setup in modules based on blueprinting. Second, the matrix evaluates the modules against nine empirically derived improvement enablers such as practices and forums for learning, and data measurements enabling the comparison and follow-up of construction logistics services. In conclusion, the priority matrix helps focus the improvements on modules with high likelihood of successful improvements. Improvements that can become sustained over time through the reuse of standardised modules in upcoming projects.

  • 3.
    Jacobsson, Mattias
    et al.
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Civil Engineering and Lighting Science. Jonkoping Univ, Sch Engn, Jonkoping, Sweden.;Umea Univ, Umea Sch Business Econ & Stat, Umea, Sweden..
    Linderoth, Henrik
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Civil Engineering and Lighting Science. Jonkoping Univ, Sch Engn, Jonkoping, Sweden..
    Newly graduated students' role as ambassadors for digitalisation in construction firms2021In: Construction Management and Economics, ISSN 0144-6193, E-ISSN 1466-433X, Vol. 39, no 9, p. 759-772Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This study furthers the understanding of newly graduated students' role in construction firms' efforts to better use digital technologies. The aim is to increase the understanding of the role that newly graduated students play in digital transformation in construction firms. The study is based on 18 semi-structured interviews and three focus group interviews with new graduates and construction managers in Sweden's three largest construction firms. The results show that despite having relevant skills, new graduates play a limited role when they are first recruited, as they struggle to close the "knowledge-experience gap". Gradually, whilst familiarising themselves with how things are done, they act as ambassadors for digitalisation and contribute to the modification of senior colleagues' beliefs about how technology could be used. However, this development is hampered by them getting caught-up in messy everyday activities, which forces them - like other staff - to prioritise urgent issues over important ones. An observed lack of established practices for how to make use of students' skills hampers their involvement further. It has been suggested that urgency might not only be a problem, but a solution in that it is possible to increase the sense of urgency around new way of working with digital technologies.

  • 4.
    Jacobsson, Mattias
    et al.
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Civil Engineeering and Lighting Science. Umeå universitet, Handelshögskolan vid Umeå universitet.
    Linderoth, Henrik
    Umeå universitet, Handelshögskolan vid Umeå universitet.
    The influence of contextual elements, actors' frames of reference, and technology on the adoption and use of ICT in construction projects: a Swedish case study2010In: Construction Management and Economics, ISSN 0144-6193, E-ISSN 1466-433X, Vol. 28, no 1, p. 13-23Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In contemporary research on construction-related ICT (information communication technologies), little distinction is made between the use of ICT in permanent line organizations and its use in temporary organizations (for example, in building and construction projects). This paper makes that distinction. The aim is to understand how the interplay among contextual elements, actors' frames of reference, and the ICT itself, influences the adoption and use of ICT in a building and construction project. This will be done through a description and analysis of a case study of ICT use in a major Swedish construction company. It is concluded that the well-defined duration of the temporary organization (the construction project) stands in sharp contrast to the generally indefinite duration of ICT-mediated change processes. However, by analysing the ICT application to be implemented, it can be revealed whether it can be 'ready packed' for, or delimited to, certain processes in order to achieve immediate benefits. When implementing more encompassing ICT applications, the challenge for the company is to find alternative ways of implementation in the project-based organization and of creating alternative spaces for innovation and renewal where new ICT can be tested and experimented with.

  • 5.
    Jacobsson, Mattias
    et al.
    Umeå universitet, Företagsekonomi.
    Linderoth, Henrik
    Högskolan i Skövde.
    User perceptions of ICT impacts in Swedish construction companies: ‘it’s fine, just as it is’2012In: Construction Management and Economics, ISSN 0144-6193, E-ISSN 1466-433X, Vol. 30, no 5, p. 339-357Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The use of information and communication technologies (ICT) in construction companies has been growing steadily during the last decade. However, few studies inquire into either perceptions of the impact of actual ICT use or perceptions among different occupational groups in construction companies. The aim of the paper is to explore users’ general perceptions of ICT impacts in the post-adoption stage and analyse thei mplications for construction management practice. A mixed methods approach was used. Quantitative data were collected using a web-based survey both in a major construction company and among medium-sized companies in Sweden. Data from 294 returned completed questionnaires were analysed with t-tests and multiple regression analysis. In addition, participant observations and semi-structured interviews were conducted within the major construction company in order to strengthen the analysis. It can be concluded that respondents are generally fairly satisfied with the ICT. Differences in perceptions among occupational groups can be explained by the nature of work tasks and the original intentions for using ICT as a means of control and calculation. Even if respondents perceive that a further development of ICT could improve competitiveness, they do not want to increase their use of it in their workplaces. They basically think that ‘it is fine, just as it is’. This indicates that a challenge in construction management is to investigate how prevailing and new ICT applications can be used to develop the industry.

  • 6.
    Jacobsson, Mattias
    et al.
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Civil Engineeering and Lighting Science. Umeå School of Business and Economics, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden.
    Linderoth, Henrik C. J.
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Civil Engineeering and Lighting Science.
    Rowlinson, Steve
    Department of Real Estate and Construction, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.
    The role of industry: an analytical framework to understand ICT transformation within the AEC industry2017In: Construction Management and Economics, ISSN 0144-6193, E-ISSN 1466-433X, Vol. 35, no 10, p. 611-626Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Despite wide-ranging research on information and communication technologies (ICT) in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry, little is known about the role that industry plays in the adoption and use of ICT. Based on observations of how the drivers for ICT use seem to be inconsistent with the industry’s central characteristics, and drawing on information systems (IS) research that demonstrates the role of shared systems of meaning, the purpose here is to develop an analytical framework that explains how industry shapes the adoption and use of ICT. Building on a theoretically driven approach and a case study, a framework is first sketched and then substantiated through empirical illustrations. Three dimensions of industry are highlighted: the socio-cognitive environment, the market and production environment and institutional actors. It is explained how the interplay of these dimensions shapes the way the industry functions, which in turn influence the adoption and use of ICT. The outcomes of the interplay can either be aligned or misaligned with ICT, which explains why certain aligned applications are rapidly adopted, whereas other applications are not. The primary implication is that the framework can aid in analysing the need for structural adaptation when trying to achieve ICT-induced change.

  • 7.
    Linderoth, Henrik C. J.
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Civil Engineeering and Lighting Science.
    From visions to practice – The role of sensemaking, institutional logic and pragmatic practice2017In: Construction Management and Economics, ISSN 0144-6193, E-ISSN 1466-433X, Vol. 35, no 6, p. 324-337Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The emergence of a new technology like BIM is often connected with extensive discussions of industrial and organizational development and change. However, predicting the use trajectory of a technology has always been a difficult task. In understanding the adoption and use of information and communication technology (ICT), the way that people make sense of a technology is an important component. Even if sensemaking varies over time, studies of sensemaking processes over longer periods are rare. This paper has two aims. First, to develop a conceptual framework of how the development of sensemaking processes shapes the adoption and use of ICT. Second, to discuss the implications of this for research and practice, with a specific focus on the adoption and use of BIM. The research involves a case study of 12 years of telemedicine use in a Swedish county. These results are compared with contemporary BIM studies. The overall conclusion is that the use of technology is heavily shaped by the sensemaking of significant actor groups. This is grounded both an institutional logic and daily practice in relation to the benefits or disadvantages the group perceives from the use of the technology.

  • 8.
    Noorizadeh, Abdollah
    et al.
    Department of Civil Engineering, Aalto University School of Engineering, Espoo, Finland.
    Rashidi, Kamran
    Department of Business Administration, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden.
    Peltokorpi, Antti
    Department of Civil Engineering, Aalto University School of Engineering, Espoo, Finland.
    Categorizing suppliers for development investments in construction: application of DEA and RFM concept2018In: Construction Management and Economics, ISSN 0144-6193, E-ISSN 1466-433X, Vol. 36, no 9, p. 487-506Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Supplier development plays a significant role in the cost, quality and delivery improvements of construction projects. However, there is limited research on analytical methods of categorizing and prioritizing a high number of suppliers for effective allocation of scarce development resources. This research aims to develop an objective model to categorize a general contractor’s suppliers. To do so, we use three concepts from different research backgrounds–recency, frequency and monetary value (RFM); data envelopment analysis (DEA); and the customer pyramid–and add the number of projects (P) shared with each supplier as a context-related variable to build a novel RFMP model. The model categorizes suppliers into four levels of the supplier pyramid, utilizing historical data on supplier–contractor transactions. To test the model in practice, we adopt a case study of an international construction company in Finland. The results reveal that a supplier’s RFMP score reflects its contribution to the contractor’s business; therefore, development investments should vary, based on a supplier’s position in the supplier pyramid. This research contributes to the knowledge on supply chain management in construction by combining three approaches–RFM, DEA and the customer pyramid–into a single objective model to categorize suppliers for effective development investments.

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