Institutional foundations of construction ICT: a view from the West Midlands of England

Noruwa, Bolanle, Merschbrock, Christoph, Arewa, Andrew Oyen and Agyekum-Mensah, George (2018) Institutional foundations of construction ICT: a view from the West Midlands of England. In: 34th Annual Association of Researchers in Construction Management Conference, ARCOM 2018, 3-5 Sep 2018, Belfast, United Kingdom.

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

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
ISBN: 9780995546325
Page Range: pp. 37-46
Keywords: institutional theory, ICT, West-Midlands
Subjects: Computing > Information management
Construction and engineering
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Depositing User: Bolanle Noruwa
Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2022 09:29
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2022 11:36


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