Duffy, Kevin and Graham, Brian and Thomas, Ken (2007) ASSESSING THE POTENTIAL FOR CONSTRUCTION COLLABORATION TECHNOLOGIES (CCT) IN SMALL TO MEDIUM ENTERPRISES IN THE IRISH CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY. In: 23rd Annual ARCOM Conference, 3-5 September 2007, University of Ulster, Belfast.

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The problems associated with fragmentation of the construction process have been well documented. The adoption of Construction Collaboration Technologies (CCT) has been posited as a solution to the poor levels of communication and information exchange between parties in the construction process. From an Irish context, the potential benefits that CCT have to offer the construction industry are beginning to be realized. Indeed many of the leading stakeholders in the industry are now actively involved in the work of the Construction Information Technology Alliance (CITA) in seeking to improve the use of ICT, including CCT. The problems of fragmentation and resulting levels of poor communication and information exchange are not however, limited to the larger organizations. There is a distinct lack of empirical research into the possibilities for the adoption of CCT within small to medium enterprises (SMEs) involved in project management roles in Ireland and elsewhere. This paper reports upon ongoing research, the aim of which is to assess the potential use of CCT in SME project management organizations. The main focus of the paper is a review of literature pertaining to CCT, specifically in the context of SMEs in the Irish construction industry, and outline the proposed future research. This research will focus on an in-depth case study of a current construction project in Ireland where the lead project management responsibility and associated activities are being carried out by an SME without the use of CCT. This study will include structured interviews with the relevant staff in the project management SME and also with the other SME stakeholder organizations involved in the project. Each interview will include reference to their current use of ICT, their potential for adopting CCT and barriers to such adoption. It is expected that a key outcome of the research shall be a proposed framework for the implementation of CCT in SMEs engaged in construction project management.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Departments or Groups: Construction Industry Research & Knowledge Centre
Construction Industry Research & Knowledge Centre > Information & Communication Technologies (ICT)
Divisions: School of Engineering > Department of Construction and Civil Engineering
Depositing User: Brian Graham
Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2007 15:03
Last Modified: 22 Aug 2016 10:25

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