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Exploration of latent barriers inhibiting project management processes in adopting smart building technologies (SBTs) in the developing countries

Frank Ato Ghansah (Department of Real Estate and Construction, Faculty of Architecture, The University of Hong Kong (HKU), Pokfulam, China)
De-Graft Owusu-Manu (Department of Construction Technology and Management, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana)
Joshua Ayarkwa (Department of Construction Technology and Management, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana)
David John Edwards (Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment (CEBE), Birmingham City University, Birmingham, UK)
M. Reza Hosseini (School of Architecture and Built Environment, Deakin University, Victoria, Australia)

Construction Innovation

ISSN: 1471-4175

Article publication date: 29 March 2021

Issue publication date: 21 October 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

While smart building technologies (SBTs) implementation ensures sustainability, their adoption is hampered by latent barriers, especially in project management processes. These latent barriers must be addressed to facilitate the successful and widespread adoption of SBTs. Therefore, this study aims to explore the significant latent barriers inhibiting the project management processes in adopting SBTs in developing countries.

Design/methodology/approach

A positivist research philosophy couched within a deductive approach was adopted to undertake a quantitative questionnaire survey of 227 project management and design team participants. Descriptive and inferential analytical tools (including a one sample T-test and exploratory factor analysis) were then adopted to interpret data collected.

Findings

The results reveal that the “high cost of smart sustainable materials and equipment” is the major significant barrier hindering the adoption of SBTs in developing countries. Latent barriers were: “structure and time-related barriers,” “construction-related barriers” and “human, policy and cost-related barriers”.

Originality/value

The study contributes novel insights into the prevailing nascent discourse on SBTs from the perspectives of construction project managers and design teams in developing countries, particularly. Furthermore, to the best of the authors’ knowledge, this is the first study that ascertains the significant barriers inhibiting project management processes in adopting SBTs in developing countries.

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Acknowledgements

This paper forms part of a large MPhil research project aimed at Developing Technology Adoption Framework for Smart Building Technologies in Ghana. The authors would like to thank the Department of Construction Technology and Management of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology for organizing research seminars to help improve the research project. Finally, the authors are extremely grateful to the editors and anonymous reviewers whose invaluable comments and suggestions substantially helped in improving the quality of this paper.

Citation

Ghansah, F.A., Owusu-Manu, D.-G., Ayarkwa, J., Edwards, D.J. and Hosseini, M.R. (2021), "Exploration of latent barriers inhibiting project management processes in adopting smart building technologies (SBTs) in the developing countries", Construction Innovation, Vol. 21 No. 4, pp. 685-707. https://doi.org/10.1108/CI-07-2020-0116

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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