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An empirical investigation into the link between information technology implementation barriers and coping strategies in the Australian construction industry

R.A. Stewart (School of Engineering, Griffith University)
S. Mohamed (School of Engineering, Griffith University)
M. Marosszeky (School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of New South Wales)

Construction Innovation

ISSN: 1471-4175

Publication date: 1 September 2004

Abstract

The need for the improved implementation of information technology (IT) has been identified in both empirical and highly structured research studies as being critical to effective innovation and development at an industry and enterprise level. This need is greater in the construction industry as it has been relatively slow to embrace the full potential of IT‐based technologies. In an attempt to understand why the construction industry lags other industries in the uptake and effective implementation of IT, this study reports on an investigation of the Australian construction industry, which identifies the impediments or barriers to IT implementation and the most effective coping strategies to overcome them. A questionnaire‐based research approach was adopted for this purpose and a total of 134 valid survey responses were received from various architectural, engineering and construction professionals. The questionnaire was designed to identify perceptions of the most significant barriers to IT implementation and to determine the most “practical” and “effective” corresponding coping strategies to mitigate their effects at three decision‐making levels: Industry; Organization; and Project.

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Stewart, R.A., Mohamed, S. and Marosszeky, M. (2004), "An empirical investigation into the link between information technology implementation barriers and coping strategies in the Australian construction industry", Construction Innovation, Vol. 4 No. 3, pp. 155-171. https://doi.org/10.1108/14714170410815079

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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