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  • 1.
    Andersson, Annika
    et al.
    Umeå universitet, Företagsekonomi.
    Linderoth, Henrik
    Umeå universitet, Företagsekonomi.
    Learn not to learn: A way of keeping budgets and deadlines in ERP projects?2008In: Enterprise Information Systems, ISSN 1751-7575, E-ISSN 1751-7583, Vol. 2, no 1, p. 77-95Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper takes as its point of departure the conflict between the project as an organisational form for time-limited task execution and the project as an organisational form for triggering knowledge development and learning. The aim of the paper is to explore how knowledge developed in ERP projects can be managed, as well as to identify potential influences on the management of knowledge developed in the project process. Qualitative data has been collected through interviews, document studies, and participant observations. The paper presents evidence that problems of keeping to budgets and timelines in ERP projects can depend on the fact that knowledge developed in the project process is also exploited in the project process. In order to bridge the conflict between the project as a time-limited form for task execution and an organisational form for knowledge development and learning, three tentative strategies for exploiting knowledge developed in the project process are suggested.

  • 2.
    Bengtson, Pontus
    et al.
    Autodesk.
    Harrie, Lars
    Lunds universitet.
    Lázaro Morales, Cristina
    Plan B.
    Linderoth, Henrik
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Civil Engineering and Lighting Science.
    Neidenström, Anna
    Trafikverket.
    Norberg, Håkan
    Plan B.
    Arbetsrapport Nationell Standardiseringsstrategi: Om processarbetet i projektet Nationell standardiseringsstrategi för digital samhällsbyggnadsinformation2021Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This report describes how the work has been conducted in the project “A National Strategy for Standardisation of Digital Information Management within the Built Environment” (further on denoted NSS). This report describes the project background, aim, objective, methodology, schedule, organisation, and identified areas and processes that have been the basis for the development of the initial three-year strategy.

    The NSS project is a strategic project within Smart Built Environment’s theme “Information infrastructure”.

    The aim of NSS project is to get an industry-wide consensus on Sweden’s priorities regarding standardization of information management about the built environment. The objective is to deliver a framework which supports further development of the strategy until 2030 and a strategic programme for the initial three-year strategy.

    The theme “Information structure” has formulated specific performance targets which in turn shall contribute to achieve some short-term effects within 2021 and 2024. These short-term effects aim to, in the long run, contribute to achieve the programme's long-term objectives by 2030. The intention of the NSS project is to contribute to the programme by clearly formulating Smart Built Environment's long-term objectives by following the project's effect logic.

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  • 3.
    Bengtson, Pontus
    et al.
    Autodesk.
    Harrie, Lars
    Lunds universitet.
    Lázaro Morales, Cristina
    Plan B.
    Linderoth, Henrik
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Civil Engineering and Lighting Science.
    Neidenström, Anna
    Trafikverket.
    Norberg, Håkan
    Plan B.
    Ramverk Nationell Standardiseringsstrategi: Digital samhällsbyggnadsinformation2021Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    As a result of the project “A National Strategy for Standardisation of Digital Information Management within the Built Environment”, this report describes the framework of the strategy. The responsibility of the framework, maintenance and the update will be handled by the newly created Samhällsbyggandets Regelforum. Samhällsbyggandets Regelforum aims to contribute to the development of new and existing regulations in order to enable a more modern, efficient and innovative construction sector.

    The framework contains several principles for strategy implementation and operation as well as a follow-up and revision processes for the upcoming strategy periods. Furthermore, it contains a communication platform that becomes an important part in communicating with stakeholders and for anchoring the changes. Last but not least, the framework does also include a strategic roadmap – a general plan with objectives and milestones for navigation. The framework is a proposal and decision regarding use and adjustments lies with Samhällsbyggandets Regelforum.

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  • 4.
    Bengtson, Pontus
    et al.
    Autodesk.
    Harrie, Lars
    Lunds universitet.
    Lázaro Morales, Cristina
    Plan B.
    Linderoth, Henrik
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Civil Engineering and Lighting Science.
    Neidenström, Anna
    Trafikverket.
    Norberg, Håkan
    Plan B.
    Standardiseringsstrategi, period 2021–2023: Framtagen inom projektet Nationell Standardiseringsstrategi för digital samhällsbyggnadsinformation2021Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this report is to provide a detailed description of the eight development projects recommended for the first strategy period (2021-2023) of the project “A National Strategy for Standardisation of Digital Information Management within the Built Environment”. The report also contains a description of the vision and the objectives of the strategy.

    The project has been led by Pontus Bengtson, Autodesk, in collaboration with Lars Harrie, Lund University; Cristina Lázaro Morales, Plan B; Henrik Linderoth, Jönköping University; Anna Neidenström, Swedish Transport Administration; and Håkan Norberg, Plan B.

    The vision of the strategy is a public construction sector with a consensus on what to be prioritized regarding standardization to promote efficient information management. This will be achieved by jointly focusing on the prioritized development projects – projects that aim to create a common information structure with the greatest user benefit.

    There are eight projects categorized into three strategic focus areas, Application Instructions, Delivery Specifications and Common Information Structure recommended during the first strategy phase. These projects represent the main areas of action to achieve the above-mentioned vision.

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  • 5.
    Bosch, Petra
    et al.
    Chalmers University of Technology.
    Isaksson, Anders
    Chalmers University of Technology.
    Lennartsson, Martin
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Civil Engineeering and Lighting Science.
    Linderoth, Henrik
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Civil Engineeering and Lighting Science.
    Hinder och drivkrafter för BIM i medelstora entreprenadföretag. SBUF-rapport 130692016Report (Other academic)
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  • 6.
    Bosch-Sijtsema, Petra
    et al.
    Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, division Construction Management, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden.
    Isaksson, Anders
    Department of Technology Management and Economics, division of Innovation and R&D Management, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden.
    Lennartsson, Martin
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Civil Engineeering and Lighting Science.
    Linderoth, Henrik
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Civil Engineeering and Lighting Science.
    Barriers and facilitators for BIM use among Swedish medium-sized contractors: We wait until someone tells us to use it2017In: Visualization in Engineering, ISSN 2213-7459, Vol. 5, no 3, p. 1-12Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background: The pace of diffusion of BIM (Building Information Modelling) use is considered to increase with governmentalinitiatives in which public clients in countries like Finland, Singapore, United Kingdom, and Sweden begin requiring BIM as apart of the project delivery. Currently, larger contractor firms use BIM to a certain extent. However, BIM use by mid-sizedcontractor firms (that is, firms with 50–500 employees that can successfully compete with larger contractors on projects costinga maximum of 50 million Euros) is relatively unknown. Hence, the aim of the paper is to explore current use and perceivedconstraints and driving forces of BIM-implementation with respect to mid-sized contractors.

    Methods: A mixed method approach was applied, and data was collected through an interview study and a survey involvingchief executive officers or their closest sub-ordinates in mid-sized contractor firms in Sweden. The survey was based on atechnology-, organization-, and environment framework that is used in information systems research to study the use of inter-organizational information systems. The total population of firms in the survey corresponded to 104. The study presented thepreliminary results based on 32 answers (with a 31% response rate).

    Results: Fifty-eight percent of the surveyed respondents stated that they had been involved in a project in which BIM wasused in some manner. The most commonly used application included visualization, which also facilitates coordination andcommunication. The biggest perceived constraints involved partners that did not use BIM, lack of demand from clients, andthe absence of internal demand in the company. With respect tothe two last obstacles, significant differences existedbetween users and non-users. The most common perceived driving forces included the fact that BIM is perceived as ameans to follow technical development and that BIMprovides competitive advantages to the company.

    Conclusions: It is concluded that the main driver responsible for BIM-implementation is mainly determined by anindividual’s subjective positive or negative evaluation of BIM, instead of external pressure from clients and partners or by theinternal capacity and knowledge to use BIM.

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  • 7.
    De Goey, Heleen
    et al.
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH. Research area Built Environment.
    Engström, Dan
    Swerea IVF.
    Lennartsson, Martin
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH. Research area Built Environment.
    Linderoth, Henrik
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH. Research area Built Environment.
    Design Thinking as Facilitator for Sustainable Innovation: Exploring Opportunities at SMEs in the Swedish Wood Products Industry2015Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Design thinking (DT) is the application of design practice as an approach to innovate and initiate change. Recently, DT has received increasing attention as an approach to address sustainability challenges. However, this area is less studied. The purpose of this study was to explore how DT could enable small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the Swedish wood products industry to create more sustainable offers. Various actors from this industry have identified the need to develop sustainable offers, although few discuss how this is realized. Interviews have been conducted with six SMEs to increase understanding on challenges they perceive with developing sustainable products. Current practice is compared to potential benefits of DT described in literature. Three main benefits of DT for SMEs have been identified. It could enable SMEs [1] to redefine the purpose of their offers, [2] to better address needs and [3] to address conflicting requirements regarding sustainability.

  • 8.
    Elbanna, Amany
    et al.
    Royal Holloway University, London.
    Linderoth, Henrik
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Civil Engineering. Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH. Research area Built Environment.
    The formation of technology mental models: the case of voluntary use of technology in organizational setting2015In: Information Systems Frontiers, ISSN 1387-3326, E-ISSN 1572-9419, Vol. 17, no 1, p. 95-108Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The use of information systems in organisationspresents one of the early signs of success. Hundreds of studieshave generated a wealth of knowledge on systems use across abroad range of technologies and theoretical approaches.However, new types of technologies and organisations continueto pose challenges to systems use. The case of opensystems that are offered to users on a voluntary basis presentsone of those challenges for two reasons: 1) the systems areopen in the sense that they could be configured in many waysdepending on users finding use cases and possible applications;2) the system use is voluntary and hence there is noorganisational push. They bring users’ choice and active findingof use cases to the centre of their success. This studyquestions why and how users choose to engage (or not toengage) with open technology on a voluntary basis and howand why its use options and potential unfold? It examines alongitudinal case study (1994–2012) on the voluntary use oftelemedicine. The findings reveal that users’ perception ofopen technology in a voluntary setting is formed through acontinuous interplay between users’ technology mentalmodels, professional identity, institutional traditions and arrangementsand work practices. If perceived to be in contradictionwith professional identity, institutional traditions andarrangements or work practices, users’ technology mentalmodels are fixated on the misfit and the misfit is therebyreinforced. Hence, users do not try to find use cases or thinkof possible applications. However, institutional entrepreneurscould break this self-fulfilling prophecy by influencing boththe technology mental models of users and the institutionalarrangements.

  • 9.
    Elbanna, Amany
    et al.
    Royal Holloway University of London, School of Management, United Kingdom.
    Linderoth, Henrik
    Högskolan i Skövde, Institutionen för teknik och samhälle.
    Tracing Success in the Voluntary Use of Open Technology in Organisational Setting2013In: Grand Successes and Failures in IT. Public and Private Sectors: IFIP WG 8.6 International Working Conference on Transfer and Diffusion of IT, TDIT 2013, Bangalore, India, June 27-29, 2013. Proceedings / [ed] Yogesh K. Dwivedi, Helle Zinner Henriksen, David Wastell, Rahul De’, Springer Berlin/Heidelberg , 2013, p. 89-104Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Explaining success and failure of IT initiatives is a subject with long tradition in the information system field. However, users’ drivers and motivation of the adoption of voluntary open-ended technology has been understudied. It is not clear why users would choose to adopt a new voluntary technology and how and why its use options and possibility unfold. In this paper these questions are examined through the analysis of a longitudinal case study (1994-2012) of telemedicine adoption in a northern Swedish county. The findings reveal that it is not sufficient to make an open voluntary technology available for its users, or passively demand them to use the technology. Successful use would occur through a continuous interplay between users’ technology mental models and their organisational setting and work practices. When in contradiction with the latter, users would not consider the system and hence its use could fade away. Institutional entrepreneurs who have the ability to imagine new and different possibilities and encourage organisational members to experiment and explore possible use and benefit from the technology could influence the initial mental model.

  • 10.
    Håkansson, Olof
    et al.
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Civil Engineering and Lighting Science.
    Jacobsson, Mattias
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Civil Engineering and Lighting Science.
    Linderoth, Henrik
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Civil Engineering and Lighting Science.
    The Role of Key Actors in the Emergence of a Strategic Innovation Programme: A Translation Process Perspective2021In: Proceedings of the 37th Annual ARCOM Conference, 6-7 September 2021, UK, Association of Researchers in Construction Management / [ed] L. Scott & C. J. Neilson, Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM), 2021, p. 25-34Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The ability to innovate and adapt to change is of central importance at all levels of society today. In this article, a strategic innovation programme (SIP) in the Swedish construction industry is addressed as a vehicle to facilitate system-wide innovation and change. Based on the need to further understand how to deliver industry-level innovation, and an identified scarcity of studies addressing the role key actors have in establishing a SIP, the aim is to analyse and describe how a strategic innovation programme is established and what role key actors play in this process. Theoretically, the study draws inspiration from actor-network theory (ANT) and especially the translation process, which previous studies have shown to be suitable to understand the challenges involved when mobilizing a network of heterogeneous actors. Empirically, the study is based on a qualitative approach and consists of 11 semi-structured interviews with individuals active in the early stages and the development of a SIP. In the article, a number of actor groups are identified and followed through what can be described as two cycles of translation, where one actor group is trying to make itself a ‘legitimate spokesperson’ for the emerging SIP. The analysis shows, for example, how the problematization of structural changes, digitalization, and industrialization enables the mentioned actor group to successfully translate the interests of other actors into an obligatory passage point (OPP). Apart from providing an understanding of the role that different actor groups play in the becoming of an innovation programme, the study also shows how it is not primarily the actors in the construction industry who are conservative; instead, there is an inertia in the system that complicates a collaborative development of innovations in the industry.

  • 11.
    Håkansson, Olof
    et al.
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Civil Engineering and Lighting Science.
    Jacobsson, Mattias
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Civil Engineering and Lighting Science. Umeå School of Business, Economics and Statistics, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden.
    Linderoth, Henrik
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Civil Engineering and Lighting Science.
    Moscati, Annika
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Civil Engineering and Lighting Science.
    Samuelsson, Olle
    Division of Industrialized and Sustainable Construction, Luleå University, Luleå, Sweden.
    Challenges in measuring performance of collaborative R&D projects2021In: Managing collaborative R&D projects: Leveraging open innovation knowledge-flows for co-creation / [ed] G. Fernandes, L. Dooley, D. O'Sullivan & A. Rolstadas, Springer, 2021, p. 317-329Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    While measuring the performance of collaborative research and development (R&D) projects is critical for both practitioners and academics, it is rarely straightforward in practice. Based on firsthand experience of the performance measurement practice within an extensive, long-term, Swedish innovation programme named Smart Built Environment, this chapter provides a reflective account of the setup and challenges experienced. The programme was launched in 2016 and is a long-term initiative of up to 12 years. Backed by three state research agencies, it is, to date, the single largest investment in innovation, R&D in digitalisation made in the Swedish built environment sector. This chapter is written as a collaborative autoethnography, with three out of the five authors having had firsthand experience of the specific measurement initiative analysed. The chapter describes how the visionary objectives of the programme, related to sustainability, time, cost and business logics, were developed and operationalised in practice. Furthermore, it is explained how several emergent challenges related to ambiguity in goal formulation, adaptation to contingencies of moving targets and temporal scope, and development of a multiplicity of assessment methods,were managed.

  • 12.
    Isaksson, Anders
    et al.
    Department of Technology Management and Economics, Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden.
    Linderoth, Henrik
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Civil Engineeering and Lighting Science.
    Environmental considerations in the Swedish building and construction industry: the role of costs, institutional setting, and information2018In: Journal of Housing and the Built Environment, ISSN 1566-4910, E-ISSN 1573-7772, Vol. 33, no 4, p. 615-632Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Despite increasing evidence that being an environment-friendly company not only benefits the environment but also makes long-term economic sense, the transition to a more sustainable society is extremely slow. This is true of the building and construction industry as well. At a strategic level, environmental issues have received more attention with the establishment of roles such as environmental managers and implementation of advanced environmental management systems. However, adoption has been slow in the absence of a holistic approach to environmental challenges, partly reinforced by a perception that giving more than the legally required level of environmental consideration will only add to costs without corresponding financial benefits. This raises the following question that the study aims to answer: What is the most important factor influencing decision makers’ in adopting environmental considerations? To this end, it analysed questionnaire data collected from decision makers in the Swedish construction industry along with an in-depth case study of a specific building and construction company. The results show that decision makers perceive informational and institutional constraints on the adoption of environmental considerations. Lack of information is perceived as the biggest obstacle to environmental considerations. If information and knowledge about clients’ and end users’ financial benefits from adopting environmental considerations need to be exploited, they have to be supported by contractual forms that discard a short-term focus on the investment costs of a building in favour of a focus on long-term operational and maintenance costs and benefits.

  • 13.
    Isaksson, Anders
    et al.
    Chalmers.
    Linderoth, Henrik
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Civil Engineeering and Lighting Science.
    Bosch, Petra
    Chalmers.
    Lennartsson, Martin
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Civil Engineeering and Lighting Science.
    BIM use in the production process among medium sized contractors: A survey of Swedish medium sized contractors2016Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Building Information Modelling (BIM) is claimed to transform the AEC industry, whereas current research has argued that diffusion of BIM use proceeds at a slower rate than the optimistic predictions. However, governmental initiatives where public clients in countries like Finland, Singapore, United Kingdom and Sweden start to require a Building Information Model as a part of the project delivery, are supposed to increase the pace of diffusion of BIM use. Today, larger contractor firms use BIM to a varying extent. But BIM use in mid-sized contractor firms, with 50 – 500 employees, which successfully can compete with larger contractors on projects up to 50 million Euros, is relatively unknown. The aim of the paper is to explore the current use and perceived challenges and driving forces of BIM-implementation among mid-sized contractors. The data used in this study is collected through a survey send to chief executive officers, or their closest sub-ordinates, of mid-sized construction firms in Sweden. The survey is based on a technology-, organization-, environment framework that is used in information systems research in order to study the use of inter-organizational information systems. The total population of firms in the survey is 136. The preliminary results presented in this paper are based on 31 answers (30 percent response rate). 58 percent of the respondents said that they have been involved in a project where BIM has been used in some way. The most commonly used application is visualization. The highest obstacles perceived are that partners are not using BIM, there is no demand from clients, and there is no internal demand in the company. For the two last obstacles there were significant differences between users and non-users. The most common perceived driving forces were that BIM is a means for following the technical development and BIM can give the company competitive advantages. Moreover, the results indicate that the main driver behind BIM-implementation is mainly determined by an individual’s subjective positive or negative evaluation of BIM, rather than by external pressure from clients and partners, or by internal capacity and knowledge to use BIM.

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  • 14.
    Jacobsson, Mattias
    et al.
    Umeå universitet, Handelshögskolan vid Umeå universitet (USBE).
    Linde, Anneli
    Umeå universitet, Handelshögskolan vid Umeå universitet (USBE).
    Linderoth, Henrik
    Umeå universitet, Handelshögskolan vid Umeå universitet (USBE).
    The relation between ICT and environmental management practice in a construction company2010In: Organizational Communication and Sustainable Development: ICTs for Mobility / [ed] Anette Hallin, Tina Karrbom Gustavsson, Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference, 2010, p. 170-188Chapter in book (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this chapter is to draw attention to the use of ICT in the building and construction industry with a special interest in the day-to-day activities of those companies that are working to develop more environmentally friendly and sustainable production processes. The chapter is based on a comprehensive survey of ICT use and attitudes to environmental related issues in middle and large sized construction companies in Sweden and two case studies: One of ICT use in a larger Swedish building and construction company and one of communication, coordination, and decision making processes in a construction project. Based on the empirical data we argue that in order to enhance a more environmentally friendly building and construction industry there is a need for a more genuine cooperation and knowledge sharing between different actors both in crossing project boundaries as well as overriding contractual limitations. Decisions in a construction project must be taken earlier in the process and construction companies need to focus more on those processes over which they actually do have power.

  • 15.
    Jacobsson, Mattias
    et al.
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Civil Engineering and Lighting Science.
    Linder, Ludvig
    Linderoth, Henrik
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Civil Engineering and Lighting Science.
    Transformering från insidan - Betydelsen av förändringsfickor för en ökad digitalisering: Slutrapport: Transformering från insidan: betydelsen av förändringsfickor för ökad digitalisering2020Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    I det Smart Built Environment (SBE) finansierade projektet ”Hinder och drivkrafter för en digitaliseringsdriven branschutveckling”, identifierades framväxten av s k ”förändringsfickor” som en drivkraft för en digitaliseringsdriven branschutveckling. Mer ingående kunskap kring sådana förändringfickor saknades dock. Frågorna som därför ställdes i denna studie var; Varför den digitaliseringsdrivna förändringen som förändringsfickorna vill åstadkomma inte är allmänt utbredd (trots strategiskt stöd)? Hur kan organisationerna stödja dessa förändringsfickors positiva inverkan? Mot denna bakgrund var syftet med studien att analysera orsakerna till förändringsfickornas begränsningar, samt förstå dess roll för en ökad digital transformering. För att uppnå syftet med studien användes dels data från studien ”Hinder och drivkrafter för en digitaliseringsdriven branschutveckling”, och dels samlades nya in data från ett större konsultföretag och ett större entreprenadföretag, som fokuserar på hur de arbetar med BIM/VDC (Building Information Modelling / Virtual Design Construction).

    Enligt litteraturen krävs det fem förutsättningar för att det arbete som sker i förändringsfickor skall få fotfäste i organisationen: Föreställningsförmåga, ambition och riskbenägenhet, positionering, normbrytande, samt politisk slughet. Vikten av de fem förutsättningarna blev tydlig hos de studerade företagen, där de studerade förutsättningarna förekommer i varierande omfattning. Men när det gäller riskbenägenheten visar resultaten på att denna förutsättning är mera kopplad till beslutsfattare i de projekt där nya digitala verktyg skall testas. En direkt åtgärd för att stödja ambitionerna i förändringsfickorna och hantera en låg riskbenägenhet hos projektetens beslutsfattare är enligt resultaten att organisationen skapar en separat budget för att genomföra test med digitalaverktyg i ett projekt. Ser vi till den förutsättning där förändringsfickorna har störts möjligheter att få ett direkt genomslag, så är det genom positioneringen. Främst då i form av att personer i förändringsfickorna verkar som förebilder för kollegor genom att visa på nyttan med ett mera digitalt arbetssätt.

    Vidare visar resultaten på vikten av att personerna i förändringsfickorna får möjlighet att positionerna sig i sammanhang där strategiska beslut tas, både på företagsnivå och på projektnivå, för att nå ut med hur digitalisering kan utveckla företaget. Resultaten visar att detta dock kan vara en utmaning i större geografiskt utspridda organisationer. I de fall där frågor om BIM/VDC redan har en strategisk position i företaget kan detta i vissa fall hämma arbetet i förändringsfickorna. Anledningen till detta är paradoxalt nog förändringsfickornas tidigare framgångar när man lyckats etablera frågor om BIM/VDC på en strategisk nivå. Rutiner och processer har skapats för hur utvecklingsarbetet skall gå till, vilket i sin tur kan begränsa handlingsfriheten i förändringsfickorna. Men även om frågan huruvida BIM/VDC skall användas i ett projekt av en viss storlek har blivit en icke-fråga, kan ändå användningen uppvisa lokala variationer, p g a att besluten fattas i de lokala projekten. Slutligen kan normbrytandet ses som den största utmaningen i entreprenadföretag, d v s hur man tänker kring organisering. Bland annat bygger yrkesmässig prestige fortfarande på de kortsiktiga fördelar som kan uppnås, samtidigt som visionen om BIM/VDC handlar om standardisering, t ex tanken om att bygga i modellen och montera på plats. Denna idé kan ses som ett radikalt normbrytande med tanke på att olika chefsroller inom entreprenadföretag är tätt sammankopplade med en idé om frihet och oberoende så länge man levererar ett resultat.

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  • 16.
    Jacobsson, Mattias
    et al.
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Civil Engineering and Lighting Science.
    Linderoth, Henrik
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Civil Engineering and Lighting Science.
    ”Att leda kon till vattnet”: Slutrapport: Att gå från ord till handling: Nyutexaminerades potential för att stödja digitaliseringsdriven innovation i byggbranschen2018Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This project was based on the observation that newly graduated students can be an important source for promoting innovation in organizations. There is a perception that digitalisation could transform the construction industry, but traditionally the diffusion of digitization-driven innovations has been slow in the industry. At the same time, it has been shown that newly graduated students who come to the industry have a relatively high IT maturity. Against this background, the overall aim of the research project was to increase understanding of how organizations in the construction industry can take advantage of the potential of newly graduated students to promote a digitalisation-driven innovation. To achieve the purpose of the study, a combination of data collection methods has been used. Eighteen newly graduated students with one to six years of work experience were interviewed, and six senior managers were interviewed. Thereafter, focus group interviews were conducted, one with a group of recent graduates and one with a group of managers. The purpose of these focus group interviews was to discuss and analyse the results from the individual interviews. Finally,a focus group was conducted where newly graduated, and managers participated. The purpose of this focus group was to discuss solutions for how new graduates' digital skills can be utilized.

    One conclusion that can be drawn is that the newly graduated can take on the role of digital ambassadors who support the diffusion of the use of digital tools within the organization. However, there has been no stated strategy in the companies studied for how the digital skills of newly graduates can be utilized. On the other hand, the existing strategy of pairing the younger inexperienced- with the older experienced employees has served as an enabler for a reversed mentorship. For this to work, the newly graduates themselves must have the courage take the initiative to show their less technologically mature colleagues how digital tools can be used, mainly through showing them simple applications where the immediate benefits are obvious. To make better use of the new graduates' digital skills, an important first step is for managers is to explicitly encourage the newly graduates to take the initiative to show less technologically mature colleagues how digital tools can be used. That is, the new graduates are allowed to "lead the cow to water and gently dip their heads". At the same time, the less technologically mature employees would be encouraged to take courage and ask the newly graduates to show what can be done with digital tools. Another positive effect if the newly graduates are encouraged to share their digital knowledge is that they more quickly feel that they can contribute to the work.

    However, if the newly graduates would be able contribute to a digital transformation of the construction industry, there are two general obstacles. First, the newly graduates state that it takes time to learn how the industry functions and how business is done, i.e. how the business is organized. This means that it will be difficult them to see how digitalisation can shape the organizing on a more general level. But it should be emphasized that the newly graduates can relatively quickly contribute with knowledge about how processes in their daily work can be developed with the help of digital tools. Second, those who possess the knowledge of how business is done and how the industry works, in other words, managers at different levels have too little general knowledge about digitalization. This means that there is a lack of the ability to connect how digitalisation can be part of the solution to perceived problems, or what development opportunities digitalisation can provide. A first step towards dealing with this obstacle could be to create common arenas where managers and more "IT-mature" can meet to discuss perceived problems in the business and how digitalisation could be part of the problem solving. These arenas could function as a catalyst for creating insights into the opportunities and limitations that digitalisation provides for business- and organizational development.

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  • 17.
    Jacobsson, Mattias
    et al.
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Civil Engineeering and Lighting Science.
    Linderoth, Henrik
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Civil Engineeering and Lighting Science.
    From Tools to Theories: Four Approaches to Construction IT Research2019In: , Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM), 2019Conference 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.

  • 18.
    Jacobsson, Mattias
    et al.
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Civil Engineering and Lighting Science.
    Linderoth, Henrik
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Civil Engineering and Lighting Science.
    Hungriga vargflockar jagar bäst: Slutrapport: Hinder och drivkrafter för en digitaliseringsdriven branschutveckling2018Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This study took its basis in the challeges that arise from the tension between the construction industry's characteristics and the prerequisites needed for a successful digitization driven industry development. The purpose was to create an understanding of how the industry's parties experience and handle these challenges in their work to develop and streamline the industry, as well as describe and analyze how the obstacles can be bridged.

    To reach the purpose, a qualitative study was conducted based on interviews and focusgroup interviews with four groups of industry actors; clients, contractors, consultants, and architects. A total of 20 respondents were interviewed, focusing on perceived obstacles and challenges. Thereafter, five focus group interviews were conducted where the focus was shifted from obstacles/challenges to driving forces and possible ways forward. The interviews and focus group interviews comprised of more than 900 pages of transcribed material, which was analyzed using a thematic analysis.

    In the results, three areas of obstacles and three areas of driving forces for a digitization driven industry development were presented and discussed. Identified obstacles were conflicting roles and perspectives, routine networks and identities, and a lack of pressure for change. The identified drivers were pockets-of-change, technology maturity and institutionalization, as well as infrastructure basis. These areas are further elaborated and discussed in seven different scientific contributions.

    A direct conclusion is that the strongest advocates for a developed use of digital technologies are not the same people as those who are in power to decide on how digital technology is to be used. This is particularly obvious in relations to architects and clients. The architects see the long-term benefit for the clients, while the clients often only sees a more information-rich model as an increased cost. This is an example of the fact that the basic idea of BIM, "to build in the model and assemble on site", stands in stark contrast with the industry logic that promotes immediate action where there is rarely time “to do things right” from the very beginning, but always time to correct errors. One way to bridge this contradiction could be the development of more trust-based and long-term collaborations between the industry partners, already from early stages and across several projects. However, there is a perceived danger that the involved parties would become fat and lazy when they have secured their involvement in several projects. This can be seen as a manifestation of existing mental models in the industry where it is assumed that "the lone wolf is the best hunter". However, an alternative mental model could be launched, where different networks of actors compete against each other, and if not everyone is doing their best every time, the network lose to competing networks. In other words, to move from the idea that “the lone wolf is the best hunter“ to an idea that “wolves hunt better in a pack”. The big question is however what opportunities there are to change these mental models?

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  • 19.
    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.

  • 20.
    Jacobsson, Mattias
    et al.
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Civil Engineering and Lighting Science.
    Linderoth, Henrik
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Civil Engineering and Lighting Science.
    Resultatspridningens dilemma: Om paradoxen att säkerställa spridning av resultat och åstadkomma omfattande branschtransformation: Slutrapport från det strategiska projektet ”Kunskapsspridningens premisser”2022Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    I denna slutrapport avrapporteras det strategiska projektet Kunskapsspridningens premisser vars syfte har varit att utveckla förståelsen för kunskapsspridningens premisser i den aktuella kontexten, dvs. inom samhällsbyggnadssektorn. Utgångspunkten för projektet togs i tidigare identifierade utmaningar rörande hur spridning av forsknings- och utvecklings (FoU) resultat bättre ska kunna nå bortom de aktörer som är involverade i specifika Smart Built Environment finansierade projekt. Projektet har bestått av ett antal arbetspaket där kunskapsspridningens unika förutsättningar, utmaningar och möjligheter har analyserats. Studiens resultat presenteras utifrån två perspektiv; det första med fokus på de förutsättningar som krävs för att kunskapsspridning ska ske, det andra med fokus på FoU-resultatens natur och dess förhållande till den målgrupp som ämnas nås.

    Vad gäller förutsättningar så visar resultaten på hur ambition och kapacitet hos de kunskapande aktörerna är avgörande för att något arbete med kunskapsspridning överhuvudtaget ska ske. I de exempel där dessa förutsättningar funnits på plats, påvisas vidare betydelsen av att aktörerna har identifierat en tydlig målgrupp, samt förstår FoU-resultatens logik och hur dessa förhåller sig till målgruppens referensramar. Finns en tydlig målgrupp identifierad samt en god logiköverensstämmelse lyckas oftast spridningen av FoU-resultaten. Saknas dock logiköverensstämmelse och/eller tydlighet i målgrupp verkar det vara mycket svårt för aktörerna att nå ut med resultaten. Som en del av resultaten ges löpande normativa förslag på hur både Smart Built Environment och de involverade aktörerna både bättre kan säkerställa förutsättningarna (dvs. ambition och kapacitet), men även utveckla målgruppsförståelse och logiköverensstämmelse.

    Rapporten avslutas dock med att det höjs ett varnande finger för vad vi valt att kalla ”resultatspridningens dilemma”, det vill säga den svåra balansgång som finns mellan att, å ena sidan, utveckla resultatspridning genom bättre logiköverensstämmelse och, å andra sidan, generera FoU-resultat som genuint utmanar befintliga logiker och därmed möjliggöra att Smart Built Environment uppnår sina högt ställda mål som relateras till branschgenomgripande transformation. 

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  • 21.
    Jacobsson, Mattias
    et al.
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Construction Engineering and Lighting Science.
    Linderoth, Henrik
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Construction Engineering and Lighting Science. Umeå School of Business, Economics and Statistics, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden.
    The challenges of trying something new: On (in)congruence and (in)consistency of technological frames in a Swedish railway infrastructure case2023Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper focuses on the rarely sought micro-level conditions of digitalisation for inter-organisational collaboration. Based on the “technology frame of reference” (TFR) Theory, this study aims at increasing the understanding of group-level (in)congruence and (in)consistency in the adoption and use of new digital technology in the AEC industry. The studied infrastructure case involves two actor groups currently in the process of adopting a new digital geotechnical data management system which is expected to impact both work processes and practices. Based ondocument analysis, semi-structured interviews, and observations of the adoption process unfolding, we analyse how the differences and similarities in technology frames influence the adoption and use of the new system. It can be concluded that, to date, no major (in)congruences or (in)consistencies exist, but different dimensions off raming spanning from operational to strategic.

  • 22.
    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.

  • 23.
    Jacobsson, Mattias
    et al.
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Civil Engineering and Lighting Science.
    Linderoth, Henrik
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Civil Engineering and Lighting Science.
    Towards digital transformation in construction firms: Tapping the potential of new graduates2020Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 24.
    Jacobsson, Mattias
    et al.
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Civil Engineering and Lighting Science. Umeå School of Business, Economics and Statistics, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden.
    Linderoth, Henrik
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Civil Engineering and Lighting Science.
    Towards improved dissemination of results from strategic innovation programmes: the case of ‘smart built environment’2022In: World Building Conference 2022: Book of abstracts, 2022, p. 12-12Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Government sponsored Research, Development, and Innovation (RDI) initiatives have lately become a common way to foster industry transformation. We report on a so-called Strategic Innovation Programme (SIP) in the Swedish built environment sector which constitute such an initiative. More precisely, we investigate the process of disseminating results from the initiative, and the inherent challenges thereof. The purpose is to increase the understanding of how to enable sector-wide dissemination of results from SIPs. The studied programme is backed by three state research agencies and corresponds to an investment of a total of 60 million euros (600 million SEK) over 12 years. The programme builds on a collaboration-oriented model where actors in the sector jointly identify, plan, and undertake RDI-efforts, with an overarching goal to find “… solutions to global social challenges and increase Sweden’s competitiveness”. Based on a combination of document analysis, semi-structured interviews, and focus group interviews, the challenges of reaching beyond involved actors with RDI-results are analysed and discussed. The article show how dissemination of RDI-results is dependent on two essential preconditions (ambition and capacity), and how clarity of target group(s) in combination with the alignment between RDI-logic and the target group’s frame of reference, inhibits or enables dissemination of results. The article ends with a discussion on an inherent paradox identified in the quest of simultaneously trying to maximize successful dissemination of results and support sector-wide transformation.

  • 25.
    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.

  • 26.
    Jacobsson, Mattias
    et al.
    Umeå universitet, Handelshögskolan vid Umeå universitet.
    Linderoth, Henrik
    Umeå universitet, Handelshögskolan vid Umeå universitet.
    User perceptions of ICT in a major Swedish building and construction company2010Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The use of information and communication technologies (ICT) in building and construction companies has steadily been growing during the last decade. However, just a few studies inquire perceptions of the ICT actually being used and perceptions among different professional groups in companies. The objective of this paper is to contribute to an enhanced understanding of general perceptions of ICT in building and construction companies and among professional groups by taking the point of departure in the concept of perceived usefulness. Data was collected by a web-based survey in two regional units of a major Swedish building and construction company. 257 completed questionnaires were returned which corresponds to a response rate of 49 %. The data was analysed with T-tests and multiple regression analysis. It can be concluded that respondents are generally fairly satisfied with their ICT and that the ICT is perceived as necessity for the fulfilment of work tasks as well as a valuable support in various areas of decision making. Moreover, a further developed use of ICT is perceived as an opportunity to increase the company’s competitiveness, but this opinion is negatively correlated with the opinion that the ICT is well adapted to the industry’s conditions. Finally are there some significant differences in perceptions of the outcomes of ICT-usage among professional groups. These differences can be explained by distance to operations and nature of work tasks.

  • 27.
    Jacobsson, Mattias
    et al.
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Civil Engineering and Lighting Science. Umeå universitet, Företagsekonomi.
    Linderoth, Henrik
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Civil Engineering and Lighting Science.
    Why strategic innovation programs struggle with dissemination of results: The case of Smart Built Environment2022Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper investigates observed challenges of disseminating RDI-results from a Strategic Innovation Programme (SIP) in the Swedish built environment sector. The study combines document analysis, semi-structured interviews, and focus group interviews, to increase the understanding of how to better enable sector-wide dissemination of results from SIPs. It is shown how the dissemination of RDI-results is dependent on two preconditions (ambition and capacity), and how clarity of target group(s) in combination with the alignment between RDI-logic and the target group's frame of reference further inhibits or enables dissemination. It is concluded that ensuring these preconditions, and strengthening the alignment is key in improving sector-wide dissemination. However, in this, an inherent paradox must be dealt with in terms of not necessary prioritizing dissemination at the expense of norm-challenging ideas. Given that the overarching goal of SIP is to achieve industry transformation, merely promoting incremental (norm-aligned) change is not enough.  

  • 28.
    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.

  • 29.
    Lennartsson, Martin
    et al.
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Civil Engineeering and Lighting Science.
    Movaffaghi, Hamid
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Civil Engineeering and Lighting Science.
    Linderoth, Henrik
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Civil Engineeering and Lighting Science.
    Exploration of the BIM Development and Application: Identifying Key Areas for the Industrialized House-Building Sector2018In: Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Computing in Civil and Building Engineering. 5-7 June 2018, Tampere, Finland. / [ed] Mela, K., Pajunen, S. and Raasakka, V., 2018, p. 1030-1037Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Building Information Modelling (BIM) is claimed to transform the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry, whereas current research has argued that diffusion of BIM use proceeds at a slower rate than the optimistic predictions. Much of the research on BIM has focused on the traditional part of the industry and larger companies, whereas less attention has been paid to the industrialized house-builders. The underlying idea of industrialized house-building is to increase efficiency, both internally (do things right) and externally (do the right things), with repetitiveness in production facilities. Previous research indicates that there is a lack of demand for BIM, both internally and externally, and that BIM use is rather determined by an individual’s subjective positive or negative evaluation of BIM, which may be hazardous for industrialized house-builders. However, using BIM in repetitive processes is claimed to have potential to improve the output of industrialized housing building.

    Hence, based on this background the aim of the paper is twofold: Firstly, to explore the current state of practice, and perceived constraints and driving forces of BIM-use with respect to industrialized house-building. Secondly; based on the results identify key areas for the continuous development of BIM within this sector of the construction trade. A mixed method approach was employed. To begin with, participant observations were carried out in connection to a regional development project, where managers from a selection of industrialized house-building companies assembled in order to identify key areas for development. Thereafter, interviews with managers in industrialized house-building companies were conducted to describe a state of practice within the industrialized house-building sector. Finally, a survey (n=52) was administered to employees at industrialized house-building companies on the Swedish market.

    Deducted from the observations at the meetings, the vast number of different software that are used in a large variety of different processes and the need for integration between BIM and other systems was highlighted. Discussions mostly concerned technical issues that can be explained by the fact that meetings participants were technical and development managers. The interviews gave at hand that better connection between BIM and the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) is a topic that should be prioritized. The results from the survey showed that 63 per cent of the respondents have experience from working with BIM. The immediate results show similarities with previous studies of BIM use among mid-sized firms in the traditional building and construction industry regarding use frequency, perceived benefits and constraints, as well as perceived challenges. However, it is concluded that the industrialized house building sector need to adapt BIM aligned to their unique conditions in order to reap benefits, without looking too much at what is going on in the traditional construction industry.

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  • 30.
    Lennartsson, Martin
    et al.
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Civil Engineering and Lighting Science.
    Yitmen, Ibrahim
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Civil Engineering and Lighting Science.
    Movaffaghi, Hamid
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Civil Engineering and Lighting Science.
    Linderoth, Henrik
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Civil Engineering and Lighting Science.
    Framework for Digital Development in Industrialized Housebuilding2020In: SPS2020: Proceedings of the Swedish Production Symposium, October 7–8, 2020 / [ed] K. Säfsten & F. Elgh, Amsterdam: IOS Press, 2020, Vol. 13, p. 335-345Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Building Information Modelling (BIM) is claimed to transform the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry, whereas current research has argued that diffusion of BIM use proceeds at a slower rate than the optimistic predictions. Despite that potential of BIM is higher in industrialized housebuilding, the trade express similar characteristics as traditional construction both in terms of BIM sue but also organization of assets. The aim of this paper is to present a conceptual framework for digital development in industrialized timber housing. Data were gathered from eight industrialized housebuilding companies in a mixed approach with interviews, focus groups and a survey. The analysis presents the current use of BIM and digital tools and prioritized development areas within this domain. By adding a theoretical overview of current research for industrialized housebuilding with focus on platform strategies and digital development a framework is drawn. Problems with transfer in the interfaces between software were emphasized. Current research on developing a system for Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) in industrialized housebuilding indicate a path forward. A PLM system facilitates the development of digital developments such as digital twins and smart products, which possess the potentials to generate crucial feedback, which is crucial for the competitiveness and efficiency of industrialized housebuilding. Thus, for a trade with high levels of complexity, a move towards a fully functional PLM system might not only be desirable but decisive.

  • 31.
    Linde, Anneli
    et al.
    Umeå universitet, Handelshögskolan vid Umeå universitet.
    Linderoth, Henrik
    Umeå universitet, Handelshögskolan vid Umeå universitet.
    An actor network theory perspective on IT-projects2006In: Making projects critical / [ed] Damian Hodgson, Svetlana Cicmil, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006, p. 155-170Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 32.
    Linde, Anneli
    et al.
    Umeå universitet, Handelshögskolan vid Umeå universitet (USBE).
    Linderoth, Henrik
    Umeå universitet, Handelshögskolan vid Umeå universitet (USBE).
    Who has the power over spaces of innovation?: The role of technology in ICT-triggered change processes2008In: Open IT-Based Innovation: Moving Towards Cooperative IT Transfer and Knowledge Diffusion, 2008, p. 211-226Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    ICT-triggered change processes are known to be unpredictable and technologies are not used the way designers or managers intend because of actor groups' innovation when ICT is deployed. The examination of sources of innovation in ICT-triggered change processes has had a socio-cognitive bias toward learning and the way actors make sense of ICT. This paper addresses the role of technology for actors in spaces of innovation. The aim of the paper is to analyze how features of ICT shape spaces for innovation in ICT-triggered change processes. To achieve this, two longitudinal case studies of the deployment of two ICT systems are analyzed. By analyzing features as programs of action inscribed in an ICT, we conclude that programs of action can be grouped along the dimensions "use/not use," "what to do," and "how to do." These dimensions will shape actor groups' spaces of innovation and their potential influence on deployment of ICT. Furthermore, we address how inscribed programs of action shape the need for temporal alliances between actor groups during the deployment of an ICT system.

  • 33.
    Linderoth, Henrik
    Högskolan i Skövde, Institutionen för teknik och samhälle.
    Are costs the major obstacle for taking environmental considerations: A study of Swedish building and construction companies2011In: Proceedings of Business and Information (BAI2011), Academy of Taiwan Information Systems Research , 2011Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In business settings a perception persists that there is always a trade-off to be made between profit and environment. However, the questions can be raised what priorities are made in production related decisions, and what consequences and obstacles are perceived if environmental considerations should be taken? Based on these questions, the aim of the paper is to investigate constraints and facilitators for taking environmental considerations in decision making. Data was collected using a web-based survey in Swedish building and construction companies. 339 completed questionnaires were returned. The results shows that lack of information was the biggest perceived obstacle for taking environmental considerations, followed by the competitive situation and lacking client competence. It is claimed that there is a need for information and knowledge about economic benefits for the client and the end user when taking environmental considerations. But if this knowledge and information should be exploited it has to be supported by contractual forms that move away from a short term focus on investment costs for a building, to a focus on long term operation- and maintenance costs.

  • 34.
    Linderoth, Henrik
    Umeå universitet, Handelshögskolan vid Umeå universitet.
    Fiery spirits and supporting programs of action: keys to exploration and exploitation of open technologies2002In: International Journal of Healthcare Technology and Management, ISSN 1368-2156, E-ISSN 1741-5144, Vol. 4, no 3/4, p. 319-332Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    If telemedicine is to impact on and shape the hospital of the future, the challenge for strategic management will be to create and support a process where the technology's fields of application can be developed and diffused. Due to the technology's openness, this is required to occur in use of the technology, during a process of exploration and exploitation of its applications. The role of fiery spirits and supporting programmes of action are emphasised, by using Actor Network Theory as an analytical perspective on a longitudinal study of two Swedish telemedicine projects. It is concluded that fiery spirits are playing a significant role in the phase of exploring fields of application, but if applications are to be successfully exploited, the dependency of the fiery spirits has to be gradually decoupled. In this process, supporting programmes of action will facilitate the further exploitation and stabilisation of technology usage.

  • 35.
    Linderoth, Henrik
    Umeå universitet, Handelshögskolan vid Umeå universitet (USBE).
    Från vision till integration: infusion av telemedicin : en översättningsprocess2000Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    During the 1990's high expectations were put on telemedicine technology in health care organizations, which can be seen as a reflexion of the society's interest in IT. The use of tele-medicine is expected to improve the quality and decrease costs of health care services. However, if these expectations are to be attained the visions have to be translated into fields of application in local settings where the technology would be used. This could be seen as an infusion process, which means that the technology would incrementally be used in a comprehensive and integrated manner.

    In this thesis, four Swedish telemedicine projects are analyzed. The approach used is that of Actor network theory (ANT), which has enabled the development of a theory of the infusion process, implementation of IT-projects, and parts of ANT, e.g. the model of the translation process and the notion of inscription.

    By using the concept of translation, it is possible to see the infusion process as a process where the generic features of the technology (transmitting sound and pictures in real time) are translated into concrete activities in local settings. These fields of application are realized by the mobilization of different task-based networks, where the roles of the actors are defined by the task to be solved. An iterated mobilization of the network implies further that the network will become stabilized, which is a central dimension in the process of infusion. Another way to understand the process of infusion is to describe it as cycles of implementation, where one cycle symbolizes the implementation of a field of application, which is a result of the translation of the generic features of the technology.

    The inscriptions in the studied technology allow a high degree of flexibility of use and flexibility of action. The flexibility means that fields of application ought to be developed in interaction between actors in local settings, and supporting programs of action are to be identified, or developed, in order to integrate technology use into daily routines. The considerable numbers of failed of IT-project implementations can be explained by the fact that a traditional planning perspective has been used on technologies, which allow a high degree of flexibility of use and flexibility of action. However, by categorizing inscriptions in technological artifacts, it becomes possible to predict what kinds of implementation strategies are appropriate for different kinds of technologies. By viewing the implementation of open networking technologies as a process of translation, the infusion process will be facilitated and a comprehensive and integrated use of technology will be enabled.

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  • 36.
    Linderoth, Henrik
    Umeå universitet, Handelshögskolan vid Umeå universitet.
    Make technology invisible, or keep it visible?: The role of intra-organizational transfer and integration of project outcomes2007In: Organizational Dynamics of Technology-Based Innovation: Diversifying the Research Agenda / [ed] Tom McMaster, David Wastell, Elaine Ferneley, Janice I. DeGross, Boston: Springer , 2007, p. 267-281Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Today’s organizational renewal and change is conducted primarily within projects (i.e., temporary organizations), and, in varying degrees, includes information and communication technology (ICT) systems that should mediate or trigger intended changes. However, the definite duration of a project process and the indefinite duration of ICT-mediated change processes cause challenges for the permanent organization when intra-organizational transfer of intended and emergent project outcomes would be managed. However, when studying the interaction between ICT and an organizational context, it is of crucial importance to also include the ICT in the analysis. Accordingly, the aim this paper is to uncover technology features and their consequences for the permanent organization when intra-organizational transfer of intended and emergent project outcomes is managed. In order to achieve the aim of the paper, three case studies of ICT projects are analyzed and discussed. The ICT features predefmition of processes to change and the ease of making the ICT into an obligatory passage point will have consequences for the permanent organization’s management of intra-organizational transfer of intended and emergent project outcomes. The conclusion is that these features of ICT have an impact on arrangements to be made by the permanent organization in order to support the intra-organizational transfer and integration of intended and emergent project outcomes.

  • 37.
    Linderoth, Henrik
    Umeå universitet, Handelshögskolan vid Umeå universitet.
    Make technology invisible, or keep it visible?: The role of technology in transfer and integration of outcomes from ICT-mediated change projects2007In: Organizational Dynamics of Technology Based Innovation: Diversifying the Research Agenda / [ed] Tom McMaster, David Wastell, Elaine Ferneley, Janice I. DeGross, 2007, p. 267-281Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Today’s organizational renewal and change is conducted primarily within projects (i.e., temporary organizations), and, in varying degrees, includes information and communication technology (ICT) systems that should mediate or trigger intended changes. However, the definite duration of a project process and the indefinite duration of ICT-mediated change processes cause challenges for the permanent organization when intra-organizational transfer of intended and emergent project outcomes would be managed. However, when studying the interaction between ICT and an organizational context, it is of crucial importance to also include the ICT in the analysis. Accordingly, the aim this paper is to uncover technology features and their consequences for the permanent organization when intra-organizational transfer of intended and emergent project outcomes is managed. In order to achieve the aim of the paper, three case studies of ICT projects are analyzed and discussed. The ICT features predefmition of processes to change and the ease of making the ICT into an obligatory passage point will have consequences for the permanent organization’s management of intra-organizational transfer of intended and emergent project outcomes. The conclusion is that these features of ICT have an impact on arrangements to be made by the permanent organization in order to support the intra-organizational transfer and integration of intended and emergent project outcomes.

  • 38.
    Linderoth, Henrik
    Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskaplig fakultet, Handelshögskolan vid Umeå universitet.
    Managing telemedicine: from noble ideas to action2002In: Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, ISSN 1357-633X, E-ISSN 1758-1109, Vol. 8, no 3, p. 143-150Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of the present study was to elucidate how telemedicine can be used in an integrated and comprehensive manner. Two Swedish telemedicine projects were studied. The technical platform was an ISDN videoconferencing system which could be connected to various items of medical equipment. The first project, general telemedicine, concerned communication between two primary care centres, one county hospital and one university hospital. The specialties involved were dermatology, orthopaedics and otolaryngology. The second project, telepathology, included pathology and cytology at the university hospital, and surgery and gynaecology at a county hospital. The first round of interviews was conducted to reveal the expectations of the physicians regarding the potential benefits and applications of the technology and potential organizational obstacles. Subsequent interview rounds were carried out to reveal what had happened since the previous interview. In total 62 interviews were carried out with 32 respondents. The main conclusions were that the technology's generic features, namely the transmission of pictures and sound, had been translated into appropriate fields of application, which had been diffused and routinized in organizational activities. In order to facilitate this process, there were two crucial issues for managers. First, due to the 'openness' of the technology, actors who had the will to test the limits of the technology had to be identified and engaged. Second, while the use of the new technologies implied that new patterns of action were established, it was necessary to discover and develop routines that could be used as a facilitator for the further use of telemedicine.

  • 39.
    Linderoth, Henrik
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Civil Engineering. Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH. Research area Built Environment.
    The Role of Technological Frames of Reference and Institutional Logics in the use of ICT2014In: Proceedings of the 25th Australasian Conference on Information Systems, 8th - 10th December, Auckland, New Zealand, 2014: Integral IS: The Embedding of Information Systems in Business, Government and Society, Auckland: The Australasian Conference on Information Systems (ACIS) , 2014Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The concept of technological frames of reference (TFR) has been used to uncover people’s sense making of information and communication technologies (ICT), in order to deepen the understanding of ICT use. But the role of the organization’s institutional context in the development of TFR has been overlooked, and most studies of TFR has been snapshots of frames. In order to contribute to the knowledge of ICT-use, the aim of the paper is to analyse how the interplay between institutional logic and TFR evolves over time. The aim will be pursued by the analysis of a case study of telemedicine use in a Swedish county during a 12 years period. It is concluded that the framing process moves between different levels of understanding guided by varying institutional logics. The understanding moves from an abstract level of what is best for the organization, to an understanding what is best for the group. Significant actors play a crucial role establishing dominant frames, or in re-framing the understanding the ICT. In this process institutional logics is drawn upon either to initially create a legitimacy for the ICT-use, or as an argument for non-use.

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  • 40.
    Linderoth, Henrik
    Högskolan i Skövde, Institutionen för teknik och samhälle.
    Understanding adoption and use of BIM as the creation of actor networks2010In: Automation in Construction, ISSN 0926-5805, E-ISSN 1872-7891, Vol. 19, no 1, p. 66-72Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    There has been a considerable time lag between the emergence of visionary expectations of BIM's (Building Information Models) transformative potential in the architecture, engineering and construction industry, and the deployment of the technology in the industry's daily practice. By viewing adoption and use of BIM as the inter-linkage of actors forming a building and construction project, the aim of the paper is to uncover mechanisms facilitating and constraining the creation of actor networks in which BIM is adopted and used. The aim is pursued by a case study in a major Swedish construction company. It is concluded that the possibility of incremental implementation of BIM applications is well aligned with the character of the industrial context. But the context can also constrain the use of applications requiring more long term thinking. However, because of the disruptive nature of building and construction projects, the challenge is to maintain and re-establish the network in which BIM is used in consecutive projects. When clients and regulating bodies recognize benefits from BIM usage, the main obstacle created by these characteristics of the industry will diminish

  • 41.
    Linderoth, Henrik
    Högskolan i Skövde, Institutionen för teknik och samhälle.
    Use of Accounting Information in A Multi-Project Organization - The Role of Temporality and Permanency2009In: Proceedings of the International Management Accounting Conference 5, University of Kebangsaan, Malaysia , 2009, p. 513-520Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Studies on the use of accounting information have with a few exceptions not highlighted the role of the organizational form for the use of accounting information. In studies of management and organization the multi-project organization (MPO) and its managerial implications has received an increased attention during the last decade, but its implications for the use of accounting information has not been studied in any depth. Accordingly is the aim of the paper to explore how the MPO's dimensions of temporality and permanency shapes the use of accounting information in a multi-project organization. The aim will be pursued by a case study of a Swedish building and construction company. Based on the empirical data it is concluded that the temporality of operations implies that higher level managers need more encompassing non-financial information in order to judge accounting information and by that they also get more involved in operations. At the same time, operation managers, i.e. the site manager in a project, have a central role when accounting information for higher level managers is generated. Finally is it suggested that multi-project organizations needs to be categorized in future studies of the use of accounting information in multi-project organizations.

  • 42.
    Linderoth, Henrik
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Civil Engineering. Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH. Research area Built Environment.
    When Big Visions Meet The Pragmatic practice: Follow The Institutional Logicor Personal Benefits?2015In: Proceedings 31st Annual ARCOM Conference, 7-9 September 2015, Lincoln, UK / [ed] Raidén, A B and Aboagye-Nimo, E, Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM), 2015, p. 1145-1154Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In recent years Building information modelling (BIM) has been considered as ameans for transforming the building and construction industry by introducingsignificant changes in the industry for all stages of the construction process. However,when new technologies are promoted they are almost considered as a magic bulletthat should transform an industry, or an organization to the better. By drawing on theconcepts of institutional logics and sense making, and a case study over 12 years oftelemedicine use in a Swedish county, the objective of the paper is to analyse whatactors in the building and construction industry can learn from other societal sectorsimplementing and using new ICT. It is concluded that the use of technology is heavilyshaped by significant actor groups' sense making of the technology, that is groundedboth an institutional logic and what benefits or disadvantages the group perceive fromtechnology use. What can be learnt from the telemedicine case is the importance ofanalysing underlying reasons to why an application is accepted or not.

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  • 43.
    Linderoth, Henrik
    Umeå universitet, Samhällsvetenskaplig fakultet, Handelshögskolan vid Umeå universitet.
    When management accounting becomes project management and vice versa: A study of a project based company2008In: Rachunkowość w otoczeniu nowych technologii / [ed] Monika Łada, Alina Kozarkiewicz, Warszawa: Wydawnictwo C. H. Beck , 2008, p. 125-138Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 44.
    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.

  • 45.
    Linderoth, Henrik
    et al.
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Civil Engineeering and Lighting Science. Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH. Research area Built Environment.
    Elbanna, Amany
    Royal Holloway, University of London.
    Understanding the creation of ICT-value in the building and construction industry2016In: Proceedings of the 32nd Annual ARCOM Conference, 5-7 September 2016, Manchester, UK, Association of Researchers in Construction Management / [ed] P W Chan and C J Neilson, Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM), 2016, Vol. 1, p. 103-112Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    ICT (Information and communication technology) creation of business value has become- for few reasons- a topic in need of closer scrutiny. Numerous governmental initiativesoriginate from a belief that digitization would improve the performance of the buildingand construction industry. But, there are evidences that expectations of positive effects ofuse of new ICT, for example BIM, may be too optimistic. In Information Systemsresearch (IS), ICT creation of business value presents one of the main concerns.Accordingly, by drawing on the literature on ICT value creation and characteristics of thebuilding and construction industry, the aim of the paper is to outline a conceptualunderstanding of ICT value creation in the building and construction industry. Theanalysis will take the point of departure in three perspectives on ICT-value creation: theresource-based, the process and capability building, and the multiple-firms perspectives.When ICT-value creation is analysed, a paradox is uncovered. In the industry, customervalue is co-created due to the need for a wide array of competencies and resources. But,at the same time there are very weak incentives for firms to co-create ICT-value due toexisting governance systems and institutionalized role systems. Research is needed inorder to uncover facilitators for building more long term relations among firms that in turncreates conditions for processes of building capabilities for creation of ICT-value.

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  • 46.
    Linderoth, Henrik
    et al.
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Civil Engineering and Lighting Science.
    Håkansson, Olof
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Civil Engineering and Lighting Science.
    Moscati, Annika
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Civil Engineering and Lighting Science.
    Unpacking the Black Box of Digitalization: Challenges when Implementing Governmental Initiatives2021Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 47.
    Linderoth, Henrik
    et al.
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Civil Engineeering and Lighting Science.
    Isaksson, Anders
    Chalmers University of Technology.
    What is the “Potential” of new ICT and how are Perceptions Shaped by Experience of Use and Practice?: The Case of Building Information Modelling2016Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The emergence of new open ended ICT (Information and communication Technology). is often accompanied by optimistic predictions about the technologies inherent capabilities, or “potential”, to solve a wide array organizational related problems. In the building and construction industry, BIM – Building Information Modelling – is such an example. However, unrealistic expectations about a technology is also a determinant for failed implementations, but at the same time ICT-induced transformation of organizations and industries is a well-known phenomenon. This research in progress paper has two interlinked explorative aims. First, how can the “potential” of a technology be captured? Second, how does experience of practice and experience of technology use shape the perceived potential of a technology. The data is collected via a survey to practitioners, with and without BIM-experiences, in medium sized contractor companies, and last year’s bachelor students in civil engineering. The total number of respondents was 205.In order to achieve the first aim, it is needed to inquire how users and prospective users’ perception of a technology’s “potential” can be captured? It can be claimed that constructs used when adoption of open ended ICT is studied, implicitly or explicitly, emphasize a status quo, then a transformation of organizational processes and structures. The results show that one alternative for measuring perceived “potential” is to measure respondents’ perceptions about how useful different applications are in practice. However, this scale needs to be developed in order to become more applicable different industries. Based on the measurement of perceived “potential” the results indicate that experience of practice had a negative impact on the perceived “potential”, whereas experience of technology had a positive impact compared to respondents with experience of practice but no experience of technology. It is concluded that further research is needed on which factors these shape the perceived potential when experienced technology user also gain an increased experience of practice.

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  • 48.
    Linderoth, Henrik
    et al.
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Civil Engineeering and Lighting Science.
    Isaksson, Anders
    Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden.
    Bosch-Sijtsema, Petra
    Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden.
    The perceived usefulness of BIM – The mediating role of practice2017In: Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Civil and Building Engineering Informatics / [ed] S.-H. Hsieh & S-C. Kang, National Taiwan University , 2017, p. 71-74Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    BIM is claimed to be one of the most promising developments in the industry and many researchers and practitioners seem to agree on BIM’s potential applicability in- and benefits for construction. However, what the potential, or full potential is, is a bit unclear. As well as for other Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), an objective full potential for BIM does not exist due to technology and knowledge development. But is there some alternative concept instead of potential that better captures the technology’s enabling features and the interpretive dimensions? The concept of IT-affordance has been used to describe the appropriation of open ended flexible technologies and is described as: a potential for action that emerges out of the interrelationships among the technical features of a system, people’s ability and predisposition to use these features in certain ways, and the organizational context within which this takes place. The aim of the paper is to explore how the combination of technology’s features, people’s abilities and predispositions, and the organizational context influence the perceived potential for action (PPA). This is achieved by a survey to three different groups: practitioners with and without experience of BIM-use, and final year’s bachelor students in civil engineering. It is concluded that experience of technology has a positive impact on PPA, but a combination of experiences from BIM use in practice and circumstances in practice has a strong negative moderating effect on users PPA. Among practitioners with experience of BIM, the PPA is aligned with the project logic. This is, PPA is strongly predicted by perceptions of BIM as mean for supporting decisions for cost reduction, at the same time as lack of internal competence is perceived as a constraint.

  • 49.
    Linderoth, Henrik
    et al.
    Högskolan i Skövde, Institutionen för teknik och samhälle.
    Isaksson, Anders
    Umeå University.
    Linde, Anneli
    Umeå University.
    Potentials for Environmental Management Accounting In an "Ordinary" Company: A Study of a Building and Construction Company2009In: Proceedings of the 1st annual conference World Accounting Frontiers Series (WAFS), University of Macau , 2009, p. 376-395Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    As a result of the growing concern in society of sustainable development researchers have paid more and more attention to topics like corporate social responsibility, environmental accounting, environmental management accounting (EMA). Advocates for EMA regard it as the fifth stage in the evolution of management accounting, but many organizations still have the focus on the first two stages: cost determination and financial control, and the provision of information for management planning and control. The aim of the paper is to investigate constraints and facilitators for taking environmental considerations in decision making, in order to uncover potentials for EMA in a company. A major Swedish building and construction company is studied by the collection of both qualitative and quantitative data. It is concluded that the organizing of operations by projects with set timelines and budgets implies a main focus on costs and with limited space for taking sustainability and environmental aspects into consideration, more than what is legislated or agreed upon in the industry. And, if decision makers want to take environmental considerations they lack information and knowledge. However, there are opportunities for increasing sustainability and environmental considerations. First by align issues of sustainability and environment with issues of quality and long term costs and second by taking advantages of opportunities brought by new contractual form regulating building and construction projects.

  • 50.
    Linderoth, Henrik
    et al.
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Civil Engineering and Lighting Science.
    Jacobsson, Mattias
    Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Civil Engineering and Lighting Science.
    Transformation from the inside: The role or pockets of change for digitally driven development2022Conference paper (Refereed)
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