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The perceived business value of BIM
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Real Estate and Construction Management, Project Communication.
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Real Estate and Construction Management, Project Communication.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5744-9445
2014 (English)In: eWork and eBusiness in Architecture, Engineering and Construction - Proceedings of the 10th European Conference on Product and Process Modelling, ECPPM 2014, CRC Press, 2014, 21-25 p.Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The economic effects of BIM are increasingly gaining interest. Understanding how to create business value from BIM is becoming of strategic concern for BIM users. The business effects of BIM have been examined in research, yet little is known about the actual economic consequences of BIM. Previous research has focused on BIM from a practical approach where efforts have been made towards measuring the performance of BIM. The purpose of this paper is to explore how actors in the Swedish construction industry perceive the business effects of BIM, but also what organizational prerequisites need to be in place for value creation in BIM. The findings indicate that the industry mainly perceives desired effects of BIM for the future and that few measure the economic effects of BIM. Most importantly, there is a need to understand the organisational prerequisites for value creation through BIM.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
CRC Press, 2014. 21-25 p.
Keyword [en]
Construction industry, Process engineering, Business value, Economic consequences, Organisational, Swedishs, Value creation, Economic and social effects
National Category
Construction Management
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-167379ISI: 000380490000004Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84907378175ISBN: 9781138027107 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-167379DiVA: diva2:815123
Conference
10th European Conference on Product and Process Modelling, ECPPM 2014, 17 September 2014 through 19 September 2014, Vienna
Note

QC 20150529

Available from: 2015-05-29 Created: 2015-05-22 Last updated: 2017-09-25Bibliographically approved
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1. An Organizational Perspective on the Business Value of BIM
Open this publication in new window or tab >>An Organizational Perspective on the Business Value of BIM
2015 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry is often characterized by low productivity, poor quality, slow IT adoption and a low rate of innovation. Building Information Modelling (BIM) has been addressed as an IT based potential solution to many of the industry´s problem and BIM has received much attention in both industry and academia. However, most research has focused on the technical and normative perspectives of BIM, leaving the organizational perspective overlooked. 

 

Lately, the term “business value of BIM” has emerged in the industry. However, the term has not been clearly defined or explained neither in industry nor in research. Yet, it is a term that has been referred to by many industry and governmental agencies, as well as by researchers. Overall, there is a lack of research that explores how the business value of BIM implementation is perceived among BIM users and that explores what organizational challenges that can arise when implementing BIM for business value. The purpose of this licentiate thesis has been to study BIM implementation in the AEC industry by elaborating on the still rather vague concept of business value of BIM and by exploring the organisational challenges of implementing BIM for business value creation; applying an organizational perspective on BIM implementation. Thus, this licentiate thesis has addressed the gap in research on the lack of the organizational perspective of BIM.

 

The respondents manly perceived the business value of BIM in negative terms, such as for example extra costs. The positive perceptions about the business value of BIM were future desired positive effects not yet realized due to the many intra and inter- organizational challenges of implementing BIM, for example, challenges in changing work processes and work routines, demanding BIM in procurement and providing incentives tied to BIM. In particular, the organizational challenges related to implementing BIM for business value creation was creating and managing organisational change.

 

This licentiate thesis has emphasized how the perceived business value of BIM implementation in the AEC industry not only is characterized by often negative effects, but that it also is capsized by many organizational challenges that are perceived as hinders towards the potential positive effects. This licentiate has argued for the need for more studies on the organizational perspective of BIM, and in particular, on the organizational challenges of implementing BIM for business value, and thus provided a foundation for future research.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2015. xii, 54 p.
Series
TRITA-FOB, 2015:9
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Information and Communication Technology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-177679 (URN)978-91-85783-56-4 (ISBN)
Presentation
2015-12-11, Sal L. 43, Drottning Kristinas väg 30, KTH, Stockholm, 15:58 (Swedish)
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Supervisors
Note

QC 20151127

Available from: 2015-11-27 Created: 2015-11-25 Last updated: 2015-11-27Bibliographically approved
2. The Business Value of BIM: Elaborating on Content and Perspective
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Business Value of BIM: Elaborating on Content and Perspective
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)
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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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