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Antecedents and consequence of intra-organizational diffusion of prefabricated construction technology: a contingency theory perspective

Tianxin Li (Department of Construction Management, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian, China)
Zhongfu Li (Department of Construction Management, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian, China)
Jin Cai (Department of Construction Management, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian, China)

Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management

ISSN: 0969-9988

Article publication date: 6 March 2023

Issue publication date: 27 June 2024

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Abstract

Purpose

Insufficient intra-organizational diffusion of prefabricated construction (PC) technology hinders its implementation benefits. More research on intra-organizational diffusion of PC technology is required to improve organizational performance in PC implementation. This study aims to explore the antecedents and consequence of intra-organizational diffusion of PC technology.

Design/methodology/approach

This study established an antecedent and consequence model of intra-organizational diffusion of PC technology from the perspective of contingency theory. The model was empirically tested by 91 valid questionnaires using partial least squares-structural equation modeling (PLS-SEM).

Findings

The results indicate that organizational support (OSU), organizational climate (OC) and mechanistic organizational structure (OST) positively influence intra-organizational diffusion of PC technology, which further positively influences organizational performance. The relationship between OC and intra-organizational diffusion of PC technology is mediated by OSU. Technological turbulence negatively moderates the relationship between OSU and intra-organizational diffusion.

Originality/value

This is the first paper to study the antecedents and consequence of intra-organizational diffusion of PC technology and an expansion of contingency theory in the research field of PC technology. This study helps to theoretically stimulate future research on intra-organizational diffusion and practically promote intra-organizational diffusion of PC technology along with improving organizational performance in its implementation.

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Acknowledgements

The National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 72071027) provided support for this study.

Citation

Li, T., Li, Z. and Cai, J. (2024), "Antecedents and consequence of intra-organizational diffusion of prefabricated construction technology: a contingency theory perspective", Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, Vol. 31 No. 7, pp. 2932-2951. https://doi.org/10.1108/ECAM-07-2022-0615

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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