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The Impact of Experiential knowledge on the Perceived Business Value of BIM
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Real Estate and Construction Management, Project Communication.
2017 (English)In: Electronic journal of information technology in construction, ISSN 1403-6835, E-ISSN 1400-6529Article in journal (Other academic) Submitted
Abstract [en]

The Architectural, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry is changing and increasingly implementing Building Information Modelling (BIM). But the industry is also characterized by many challenges. BIM has been promoted as a potential solution to the industry´s challenges. The high expectations on BIM are further reflected in an increasing interest for the business value of BIM. However, the understanding and definition of the term remains unclear and there is limited understanding of how BIM may be implemented to create perceptions of business value. This study aims to increase the understanding of how the business value of BIM is perceived among individuals in the international AEC industry and to increase the understanding of how experiential knowledge of BIM impacts the perceived business value of BIM. The results are based on a large international survey designed based on theories of learning through exploration and exploitation and are quantitatively analysed. The findings show that the business value of BIM is mainly perceived in terms of project progress related values associated with managing and minimizing project managerial issues and less in terms of project outcome related values associated with managing efficiency and optimization. The findings also shed new light on how BIM may be implemented to create perceptions of business value by illustrating what previous work practices and experiences with BIM (experiential knowledge of BIM) that underlie the perceptions of the business value of BIM. For example, experiential knowledge of BIM related to having had previous experience in managing various BIM implementation challenges has a large impact on how the business value of perceived.  The findings are compared with the understanding of the business value of IT from the Information Systems (IS) research field in order to discuss theoretical and practical implications and identify future areas of research of the business value of BIM.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017.
Keyword [en]
BIM, business value, experiential knowledge
National Category
Construction Management
Research subject
Real Estate and Construction Management
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-213676OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-213676DiVA: diva2:1138194
Note

QCR 20170906

Available from: 2017-09-04 Created: 2017-09-04 Last updated: 2017-09-18Bibliographically approved
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1. The Business Value of BIM: Elaborating on Content and Perspective
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2017 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The expectations on digitalization and Building Information Modeling (BIM) in the Architectural, Engineering and Construction (AEC) are high. The high expectations are reflected in an increasing interest for the term business value of BIM. However, the practical and theoretical understanding of its content and perspective is characterized by rationalism and positivism commercially promoted by industry. This thesis aims to reflect on, problematize and extend the theoretical understanding of the content and perspective of the business value of BIM. Perceptions about business value of BIM, the associated challenges and costs and the role of the business of BIM in a wider socio-technical context are examined among Swedish and international AEC industry actors and a large Swedish public infrastructure client. To extend the understanding of the content and perspective of the business value of BIM, the rational and process-oriented theories on the business value of IT are combined with the more interpretive and hermeneutic socio-technical systems theory. A social and cognitive dimension is thus added to the understanding of the business value of BIM and business value of IT.  By combining the two research fields and contributing with the socio-technical perspective to the theoretical understanding of business value, this thesis contributes with theory development of the understanding of business value BIM and business value of IT.  For practitioners, the thesis shows the complex, multi-dimensional and challenging aspects of implementing BIM for business value. The journey of perspectives in this thesis from positivism towards increased interpretivism also sheds light on the implications of when different perspectives exert influence on a research field (hegemony) and wishes to provide a contrast and balance to the rational and positivistic perspectives in BIM research. It also wishes to inspire future BIM research to broaden the theoretical perspectives.

Abstract [sv]

Förväntningarna på digitalisering och Byggnadsinformationsmodellering (BIM) i samhällsbyggnadssektorn är höga och reflekteras i ett ökande intresse för affärsnyttan av BIM. Den praktiska och teoretiska förståelsen av innehåll och perspektivet i affärsnyttan av BIM har karaktäriserats av rationalism och positivism som upprätthållits i kommersiella syften. Denna avhandling syftar till att reflektera över, problematisera och utöka förståelsen av innehållet och perspektivet av affärsnyttan av BIM. Den upplevda affärsnyttan av BIM, de associerade utmaningarna och kostnaderna och rollen av affärsnyttan av BIM i ett bredare sociotekniskt perspektiv undersöks bland aktörer i den svenska och internationella samhällsbyggnadssektorn samt hos en stor svenskt offentlig beställare av infrastruktur. För att problematisera över och utöka förståelsen av affärsnyttan av BIM kombinerar denna avhandlingen de rationella och process orienterade teorierna inom business value of IT med den mer hermeneutiska socio-technical systems teorin. Genom att kombinera dessa två fält bidrar avhandlingen med ett socialt och kognitivt perspektiv till den teoretiska förståelsen av affärsnytta. Det teoretiska bidraget består således av teoriutveckling. För praktiker belyser avhandlingen de komplexa, multi-dimensionella och utmananande aspekterna med att implementera BIM för affärsnytta. Resan i perspektiv från positivism och rationalism mot ökad interpretivism i avhandlingen belyser också implikationerna av hur olika perspektiv får inflytande över ett forskningsfält (hegemoni) och önskar bidra med en kontrast och balans till det rationella och positivistiska perspektivet i BIM forskning. Det är också förhoppningen att avhandlingens resa i perspektiv kan inspirera framtida forskning på BIM att vidga de teoretiska vyerna.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2017. 62 p.
Series
TRITA-FOB, 2017:6
Keyword
Business value, Building Information Modelling, socio-technical
National Category
Construction Management Business Administration
Research subject
Real Estate and Construction Management
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-214617 (URN)978-91-85783-81-6 (ISBN)
Public defence
2017-11-17, F3, Lindstedtsvägen 26, Stockholm, 13:00 (English)
Opponent
Supervisors
Funder
Swedish Transport Administration
Note

QC 20170920

Available from: 2017-09-21 Created: 2017-09-18 Last updated: 2017-09-21Bibliographically approved

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