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Construction informatics in Turkey: strategic role of ICT and future research directions

Isikdag, U, Underwood, J, Kuruoglu, M, Goulding, JS and Acikalin, U 2009, 'Construction informatics in Turkey: strategic role of ICT and future research directions' , Journal of Information Technology in Construction, 14 , pp. 412-428.

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    Abstract

    Construction Informatics deals with subjects ranging from strategic management of ICTs to interoperability and information integration in the construction industry. Studies on defining research directions for Construction Informatics have a history over 20 years. The recent studies in the area highlight the priority themes for Construction Informatics research as interoperability, collaboration support, intelligent sites and knowledge sharing. In parallel, today it is widely accepted in the Architecture/Engineering/Construction (AEC) industry that ICT is becoming a strategic asset for any organisation to deliver business improvement and achieve sustainable competitive advantage. However, traditionally the AEC industry has approached investing in ICT with a lack of strategic focus and low level of priority to the business. This paper presents a recent study from Turkey that is focused on two themes. The first theme investigates the strategic role of ICT implementations from an industrial perspective, and explores if organisations within the AEC industry view ICT as a strategic resource for their business practice. The second theme investigates the ‘perspective of academia’ in terms of future research directions of Construction Informatics. The results of the industrial study indicates that ICT is seen as a value-adding resource, but a shift towards the recognition of the importance of ICT in terms of value adding in winning work and achieving strategic competitive advantage is observed. On the other hand, ICT Training is found to be the theme of highest priority from the academia point of view.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: ICT, Strategic, Vision, Roadmap, Turkish
    Themes: Built and Human Environment
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment > Centre for Information Technology in Construction
    Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Information Technology in Construction
    Publisher: International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction
    Refereed: Yes
    ISSN: 1874-4753
    Depositing User: AL Sherwin
    Date Deposited: 07 Oct 2011 15:27
    Last Modified: 18 Aug 2014 15:05
    URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/18035

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