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BIM knowledge transfer in construction industry: a partial least square analysis

Esther Oluwadamilola Olufemi Rotimi (Department of Management and Marketing, Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn, Australia)
Funmilayo Ebun Rotimi (Built Environment Engineering, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand)
C.W. Chathurani Silva (Department of Decision Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Nugegoda, Sri Lanka)
Itohan Esther Aigwi (Built Environment Engineering, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand)

Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology

ISSN: 1726-0531

Article publication date: 9 November 2022

Issue publication date: 14 June 2024

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Abstract

Purpose

There are several technologies positively impacting the management of construction projects. Building information modelling (BIM) is one such technology, slowly changing project delivery. However, enhancing knowledge transfer (KT) within the construction industry is crucial because of the characteristic slow uptake of innovation. Therefore, this study aims to establish the effectiveness of the KT mechanism for BIM implementation in construction organisations.

Design/methodology/approach

This study adopted a quantitative research method where a structured questionnaire was distributed to construction professionals. A partial least square structural equation modeling path analysis was used to test the direct and indirect relationships of computer self-efficacy (CS), perceived ease of use (PEOU), KT and BIM usage.

Findings

This study found that CS could improve KT, which will, in turn, increase the implementation of BIM within construction organisations. However, in terms of KT, individuals’ confidence and ability to use BIM inspires them to share the knowledge of BIM they had received through training. Furthermore, this study found that the ease of interacting, learning and being skilful with BIM may not necessarily ensure the actual transfer of knowledge.

Originality/value

This study provides valuable insights into KTs (BIM implementation) in the construction industry. It will enhance the use of BIM systems and related knowledge through effective training amongst construction practitioners. Other previous studies have focused on challenges and barriers to BIM implementation, this study goes deeper into establishing the effectiveness of the KT mechanism for BIM implementation in construction organisations.

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Citation

Rotimi, E.O.O., Rotimi, F.E., Silva, C.W.C. and Aigwi, I.E. (2024), "BIM knowledge transfer in construction industry: a partial least square analysis", Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology, Vol. 22 No. 4, pp. 1393-1411. https://doi.org/10.1108/JEDT-06-2022-0287

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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