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E-readiness in construction: An incongruous paradigm of variables

Goulding, JS and Lou, ECW (2013) E-readiness in construction: An incongruous paradigm of variables. Architectural Engineering and Design Management, 9 (4). pp. 265-280. ISSN 1745-2007

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Abstract

The construction industry has witnessed unprecedented levels of technological change over the last 10 years in particular, the corollary of which has required key decision makers to fundamentally re-think the way they: (a) have undertaken business in the past; (b) are currently doing business at the moment; and, (c) will need to change their business practices in order to compete in the future. This research attempts to understand this trichotomy, with a specific emphasis on understanding key decision makers' perception of e-readiness within the context of the construction industry. Research findings highlighted the importance of People, Process and Technology, along with five core enablers that are deemed priority areas for operationalisation. The rubrics for managing these dependences are also discussed in the context of future leveraging opportunities. This research reports the significant importance of ICT to capture, store and reuse knowledge in the organisational and demonstrates the need for the organisation to be e-ready. © 2013 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.

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