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Project Managers as Involuntary Policy Implementers?: The case of Implementing BIM
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Real Estate and Construction Management, Project Communication.
2018 (English)In: THIRTY-FOURTHANNUAL CONFERENCE 2018: September 3-5 Belfast PROCEEDINGS / [ed] Chris Gorse and Christopher J Neilso, 2018Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Public procurement has the potential to drive change in the construction industry. In this process project managers play an important as change agents and system integrators. This paper explores how public client’s project managers translate BIM through procurement. The purpose is to develop better understanding of the public project manager’s role as change agents and system integrators in the implementation of systemic innovation such as BIM. Findings are based on a case study of the BIM implementation initiative at the largest public infrastructure client in Sweden and interviews with construction project managers tasked with implementing BIM in their projects. The analysis is based on the theoretical perspective of sociology of translation. Findings show how project managers struggle with translating BIM when procuring and that there is a hesitation among project managers in accepting BIM policies. Project managers do not prioritise BIM and do not request BIM when procuring. In order words, they are not enrolled in the change process. Findings are important for research on project managers in their role as change agents, and on research systemic innovation such as BIM.

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2018.
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innovation, BIM, procurement, project manager, translation
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Construction Management
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-249966ISBN: 978-0-9955463-2-5 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-249966DiVA, id: diva2:1306580
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ARCOM 2018, Association of researchers in construction management
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Available from: 2019-04-24 Created: 2019-04-24 Last updated: 2019-04-25Bibliographically approved

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