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Exploring BIM-triggered organisational and professional culture change: a systematic literature review

Sonali Alankarage (UniSA STEM, Scarce Resources and Circular Economy (ScaRCE), University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia)
Nicholas Chileshe (UniSA STEM, Scarce Resources and Circular Economy (ScaRCE), University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia and Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa)
Raufdeen Rameezdeen (UniSA STEM, Scarce Resources and Circular Economy (ScaRCE), University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia)
David J. Edwards (Department of the Built Environment, Birmingham City University, Birmingham, UK and Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa)
Aparna Samaraweera (UniSA STEM, Scarce Resources and Circular Economy (ScaRCE), University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia)

Construction Innovation

ISSN: 1471-4175

Article publication date: 28 December 2021

Issue publication date: 3 January 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

Building information modelling (BIM) has had a considerable impact on the socio-technical aspects of construction organisations. Culture has been considered an essential element in BIM practice. Hence, this paper aims to explore existing research relates to culture in the BIM context.

Design/methodology/approach

A systematic literature review (SLR) was conducted based on the PRISMA guidelines using 104 articles published between 2011 and 2020 and directed with a descriptive and content analysis.

Findings

The SLR results give evidence that culture in the BIM context is still an under-researched topic. Culture has been considered as both a dependent and independent factor in the BIM domain. Organisational BIM culture is a collection of fundamental beliefs established in a BIM using organisation and passed to new employees with the use of BIM. BIM using organisations are have either weak or strong BIM cultures. Proper analysis and understanding of the BIM culture of different organisations are necessary to realise the strategies of transformation from a weak BIM culture to a strong BIM culture.

Originality/value

To the best of the author's knowledge, this is the first SLR in BIM research that investigates the role of culture in the BIM setting. This study contributed to the existing body of knowledge by proposing a conceptual framework to understand and change a weak BIM culture of an organisation to a strong, matured BIM culture. This SLR serves as a future research basis in BIM-triggered culture.

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Acknowledgements

The authors wish to acknowledge the financial support from the University of South Australia through UniSA International HDR Fee Offset scholarship.

Citation

Alankarage, S., Chileshe, N., Rameezdeen, R., Edwards, D.J. and Samaraweera, A. (2023), "Exploring BIM-triggered organisational and professional culture change: a systematic literature review", Construction Innovation, Vol. 23 No. 1, pp. 229-247. https://doi.org/10.1108/CI-04-2021-0084

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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