Blockchain in the construction sector: a socio-technical systems framework for the construction industry

Li, Jennifer, Greenwood, David and Kassem, Mohamad (2018) Blockchain in the construction sector: a socio-technical systems framework for the construction industry. In: 35th CIB W78 2018 Conference: IT in Design, Construction, and Management, 1st - 3rd October 2018, Chicago, IL, USA.

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Abstract

Distributed ledger technologies (DLTs) including blockchain are increasingly being investigated as a potential solution to address many of the challenges hindering the construction industry’s performance such as collaboration, information sharing and intellectual property rights. Existing studies addressing blockchain applications within construction and the built environment have ignored the interrelation of social and technological dimensions. To address this gap, this paper proposes a multi-dimensional emergent framework for DLT adoption within the construction sector.

The framework was developed following a focus group discussion and took a socio-technical systems approach that encompasses three dimensions: political, social and technical. The framework was overlaid with an extensive set of construction-related challenges and opportunities and identified a number of associated agents across the dimensions. The structured and inter-connected dimensions provided by the framework can be used by field researchers as a point of departure to investigate a range of research questions from political, social or technical perspectives.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: blockchain, distributed ledger technology, construction industry, built environment, socio-technical systems
Subjects: G400 Computer Science
K900 Others in Architecture, Building and Planning
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mechanical and Construction Engineering
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Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2018 13:24
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2019 07:21
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/34635

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