ICT systems and construction SMEs: a case study of adoption and implementation

Douglas, Allan, Greenwood, David and Wainwright, David (2008) ICT systems and construction SMEs: a case study of adoption and implementation. In: BuHu 8th International Postgraduate Research Conference (Part 2). Czech Technical University, CTU Publishing House, Prague, pp. 146-154. ISBN 9788001040935

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Abstract

Construction's Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) are not known for their innovation, particularly where Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is concerned. Indeed, any records of such activity relate to large organisations, with the implication that SMEs could take a scaled-down approach, but generally do not. We report one phase of an action research project to develop a document control and management information system for a construction SME. Our own early observations are compared with the existing literature on SMEs and ICT adoption. These include the conclusion that appropriate systems cannot be just 'scaled-down' versions of those in larger organisations with the predictable cost, time and people issues, but past experience, formal and informal relationships are all the more important for the SME. The study forms part of an EPSRC CASE studentship with the wider aim of developing new models for ICT adoption within Construction SMEs.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: BUHU 8TH International Postgraduate Research Conference 2008, Prague (Czech Republic), 26 - 27 June 2008.
Subjects: G500 Information Systems
N900 Others in Business and Administrative studies
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Architecture and Built Environment
Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mechanical and Construction Engineering
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Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2010 15:20
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2015 11:28
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/206

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