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Enhancing the impacts of absorptive capacity on interorganizational collaboration in BIM-enabled construction projects – an SLT perspective

Lei Zhang (Department of Engineering Management, School of Civil Engineering, Lanzhou Jiaotong University, Lanzhou, China)
Jingfeng Yuan (Department of Construction and Real Estate, School of Civil Engineering, Southeast University, Nanjing, China)
Yan Ning (School of Management and Engineering, Nanjing University, Nanjing, China)
Nini Xia (Department of Construction and Real Estate, School of Civil Engineering, Southeast University, Nanjing, China)
Guodong Zhang (Department of Construction and Real Estate, School of Civil Engineering, Southeast University, Nanjing, China)

Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management

ISSN: 0969-9988

Article publication date: 23 September 2021

Issue publication date: 7 December 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

This study employs situated learning theory to elucidate the mechanisms of interorganizational collaboration by analyzing the relationships among absorptive capacity, institutional compensation, task cognitive integration and interorganizational collaboration in BIM-enabled construction projects.

Design/methodology/approach

An online questionnaire survey was conducted with managers and professionals involved in building information modeling (BIM-) enabled construction projects, and 220 valid responses were received. Data were analyzed by means of the linear regression models and bootstrap method.

Findings

The results show that (1) absorptive capacity, institutional compensation and task cognitive integration have a positive impact on interorganizational collaboration; (2) institutional compensation partially mediates the effect of absorptive capacity on interorganizational collaboration; (3) task cognitive integration fully mediates the effect of absorptive capacity on interorganizational collaboration; (4) institutional compensation and task cognitive integration serially and fully mediate the relationship between absorptive capacity and interorganizational collaboration and (5) the serial mediating model has a greater indirect effect than the other two models considered in this study.

Originality/value

This study contributes to the body of knowledge by demonstrating the way to break through the three types of organizational boundaries (i.e. syntactic, semantic and pragmatic organizational boundaries) and provide an internal collaborative mechanism from the perspective of situated learning theory. This study presents the critical effects of absorptive capacity, institutional compensation and task cognitive integration on interorganizational collaboration, selects the enhanced mediating model for explaining the effects of absorptive capacity on interorganizational collaboration and enables managers to update the traditional collaborative model in BIM-enabled construction projects.

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Acknowledgements

The authors gratefully acknowledge all survey participants and reviewers of the paper, and financial support from the National Natural Science Foundation, China (NSFC- 71671042, 72072031, 71502032, 71872039) and the Research Foundation of Humanities and Social Sciences of Ministry of China (20YJCZH183), for financially supporting this research.

Citation

Zhang, L., Yuan, J., Ning, Y., Xia, N. and Zhang, G. (2022), "Enhancing the impacts of absorptive capacity on interorganizational collaboration in BIM-enabled construction projects – an SLT perspective", Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, Vol. 29 No. 10, pp. 4215-4240. https://doi.org/10.1108/ECAM-11-2020-0931

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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