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A smart modern construction enterprise maturity model for business scenarios leading to Industry 4.0

Priyadarshini Das (School of Engineering, Design and Built Environment, Western Sydney University, Penrith, Australia)
Srinath Perera (School of Engineering, Design and Built Environment, Western Sydney University, Penrith, Australia)
Sepani Senaratne (School of Engineering, Design and Built Environment, Western Sydney University, Parramatta, Australia)
Robert Osei-Kyei (School of Engineering, Design and Built Environment, Western Sydney University, Parramatta, Australia)

Smart and Sustainable Built Environment

ISSN: 2046-6099

Article publication date: 13 March 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

Industry 4.0 is characterised by systemic transformations occurring exponentially, encompassing an array of dynamic processes and technologies. To move towards a more sustainable future, it is important to understand the nature of this transformation. However, construction enterprises are experiencing a capacity shortage in identifying the transitional management steps needed to navigate Industry 4.0 better. This paper presents a maturity model with the acronym “Smart Modern Construction Enterprise Maturity Model (SMCeMM)” that provides direction to construction enterprises.

Design/methodology/approach

It adopts an iterative procedure to develop the maturity model. The attributes of Industry 4.0 maturity are obtained through a critical literature review. The model is further developed through knowledge elicitation using modified Delphi-based expert forums and subsequent analysis through qualitative techniques. The conceptual validity of the model is established through a validation expert forum.

Findings

The research defines maturity characteristics of construction enterprises across five levels namely ad-hoc, driven, transforming, integrated and innovative encompassing seven process categories; data management, people and culture, leadership and strategy, automation, collaboration and communication, change management and innovation. The maturity characteristics are then translated into assessment criteria which can be used to assess how mature a construction enterprise is in navigating Industry 4.0.

Originality/value

The results advance the field of Industry 4.0 strategy research in construction. The findings can be used to access Industry 4.0 maturity of general contractors of varying sizes and scales and generate a set of recommendations to support their macroscopic strategic planning.

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Acknowledgements

The authors would like to acknowledge that this research is fully funded by the Centre for Smart Modern Construction under the School of Engineering, Design and Built Environment at Western Sydney University.

Citation

Das, P., Perera, S., Senaratne, S. and Osei-Kyei, R. (2023), "A smart modern construction enterprise maturity model for business scenarios leading to Industry 4.0", Smart and Sustainable Built Environment, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/SASBE-09-2022-0205

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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