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From hurdles to heights: blueprint for tackling distributed ledger technology challenges in the construction sector of a developing economy

Ayodeji Emmanuel Oke (Department of Quantity Surveying, Federal University of Technology Akure, Akure, Nigeria; CIDB Centre of Excellence, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa and School of Social Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Minden, Malaysia)
John Aliu (Institute for Resilient Infrastructure Systems, College of Engineering, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, USA)
Lydia Uyi Ehiosun (Department of Quantity Surveying, Federal University of Technology Akure, Akure, Nigeria)
Andrew Ebekozien (CIDB Centre of Excellence, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa; Department of Quantity Surveying, Auchi Polytechnic, Auchi, Nigeria and School of Social Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Minden, Malaysia)
Akinrolade Ayowole Rotimi (Department of Quantity Surveying, Federal University of Technology Akure, Akure, Nigeria)

Journal of Financial Management of Property and Construction

ISSN: 1366-4387

Article publication date: 19 February 2024

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Abstract

Purpose

The emergence of distributed ledger technology (DLT) has transformed the way construction industries approach data management, ushering in an era of increased transparency, security and efficiency. The purpose of this study is to investigate the strategies to promote the adoption of DLT in the Nigerian construction sector. This was done to address the challenges that hinder the widespread adoption of DLT within the Nigerian construction sector.

Design/methodology/approach

A comprehensive literature review informed the design of a structured questionnaire for data collection. The questionnaire was distributed among diverse construction professionals to explore their perceptions of potential strategies. The collected data were analyzed using the Shapiro–Wilk test for data distribution, while mean values and standard deviations were used to facilitate the ranking of strategies. The Kruskal–Wallis H-test was used to assess opinion differences, and exploratory factor analysis was applied to uncover underlying dimensions.

Findings

The findings revealed the top five strategies for DLT adoption as conducting workshops and seminars to educate professionals, collaborating with universities for DLT courses, encouraging joint projects for shared insights, forming consortia for DLT standards and allocating funding for DLT research in construction. Through factor analysis, the strategies identified were categorized into four principal clusters: awareness and education advancements, government support and incentives, industry collaboration and standards and pilot projects and demonstrations.

Originality/value

While prior studies have identified barriers to DLT adoption and offering recommendations, this research advances the field by empirically investigating and assessing several of these strategies proposed in various studies. This approach provides valuable insights that go beyond existing research, offering a deeper understanding of the practical and contextual dynamics influencing DLT adoption in the construction sector.

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Acknowledgements

Funding: The authors have no relevant financial or non-financial interests to disclose.

Declaration of competing interest: The authors declare no competing interests.

Data availability statement: All data or codes generated or used during the study are available from the corresponding author.

Citation

Oke, A.E., Aliu, J., Ehiosun, L.U., Ebekozien, A. and Rotimi, A.A. (2024), "From hurdles to heights: blueprint for tackling distributed ledger technology challenges in the construction sector of a developing economy", Journal of Financial Management of Property and Construction, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/JFMPC-08-2023-0055

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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