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A qualitative conceptual framework to tackle skill shortages in offsite construction industry: a scientometric approach

Syed Saad (Civil and Environmental Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Petronas, Tronoh, Malaysia)
Wesam Salah Alaloul (Civil and Environmental Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Petronas, Tronoh, Malaysia)
Syed Ammad (Civil and Environmental Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Petronas, Tronoh, Malaysia)
Abdul Hannan Qureshi (Civil and Environmental Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Petronas, Tronoh, Malaysia)

Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management

ISSN: 0969-9988

Article publication date: 20 September 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

This study assessed the key construction technology trends and tracked the impact of these developments on labor influencing factors in an effort to alleviate the limitations posed by skilled labor scarcity in offsite construction (OSC).

Design/methodology/approach

The study followed systematic literature review to acquisition initial data sets. The data retrieved form identified databases was then subjected to scientometric analysis. In next stage, disruptive factors were identified to produce a conceptual framework followed by its practical application for an OSC firm.

Findings

This study identified seven construction technologies with a potential to disrupt OSC in future. The study also developed a conceptual framework as a benchmark to help establish further frameworks for policy interns in OSC.

Research limitations/implications

The review conducted only takes into account the literature from 2009 to March 2021. Any prior to the date and unpublished studies were not included in study.

Practical implications

A proper utilization of conceptual framework can contribute to technological adoption significantly lowering the need of labor in OSC industry. Moreover, the established discussion on understanding the purpose of deploying latest technology may reduce additional costs, management, time and allocation of labor resources.

Social implications

This study provides a mechanism to intern OSC policymakers to impartially incorporate the latest technology in OSC.

Originality/value

This study fulfilled an identified need to study latest technological trends in OSC by utilizing bibliometric tools with SLR. The disruptive categories and factors highlighted by the study were not identified in a systematic manner in previous studies, which could further enhance the implementation of latest construction technology in OSC.

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Acknowledgements

This study appreciates the contributions of all the authors and the generous resources provided by Universiti Teknologi Petronas.

Funding Acknowledgement: This research did not receive any specific grant from funding agencies in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sector.

Conflicts of Interest: The authors have no conflicts of interest.

Citation

Saad, S., Alaloul, W.S., Ammad, S. and Qureshi, A.H. (2021), "A qualitative conceptual framework to tackle skill shortages in offsite construction industry: a scientometric approach", Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/ECAM-04-2021-0287

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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