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Success factors of digital technologies (DT) tools adoption for sustainable construction in a developing economy

Ayodeji Emmanuel Oke (Department of Quantity Surveying, Federal University of Technology Akure, Akure, Nigeria and Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, cidb Centre of Excellence, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa)
John Aliu (Institute for Resilient Infrastructure Systems, College of Engineering, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, USA)
Solomon Onajite (Department of Quantity Surveying, Federal University of Technology Akure, Akure, Nigeria)
Michael Simeon (Department of Quantity Surveying, Federal University of Technology Akure, Akure, Nigeria)

Construction Innovation

ISSN: 1471-4175

Article publication date: 22 December 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

As the construction sector constantly seeks ways to address ever-growing societal demands, the need to embrace innovation and digital technologies (DTs) cannot be overstated. Therefore, the purpose of this study is to assess the success factors influencing the adoption of DTs to achieve sustainable construction in a developing economy such as Nigeria.

Design/methodology/approach

A quantitative research approach was conducted with close-ended questionnaires developed and administered to construction professionals based in Lagos State, Nigeria. Data obtained was analyzed using percentages, frequency, mean item score and exploratory factor analysis.

Findings

The findings from the mean scores revealed the leading influential success factors which were education and training, methodology of model constructions, organization development, customer satisfaction and profitability and new revenue. Factor analysis revealed three clusters of success factors which were management needs, construction methodology and effective communication.

Practical implications

To adequately integrate DTs into construction industry activities and processes, awareness about the technologies must be created and enhanced if already in play. This study posits that the construction sector must accept and implement this new paradigm of innovation to benefit from this disruptive era.

Originality/value

This study serves as a foundation for other related studies that are aimed at advocating the efficacy of DTs in the effective and efficient execution of construction activities. The assessment of the success factors influencing the adoption of DTs would help construction organizations and stakeholders to understand the need to embrace and implement smart technologies into the activities, operations and processes of the construction industry.

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Citation

Oke, A.E., Aliu, J., Onajite, S. and Simeon, M. (2022), "Success factors of digital technologies (DT) tools adoption for sustainable construction in a developing economy", Construction Innovation, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/CI-08-2022-0207

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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