ITcon Vol. 17, pg. 520-534, http://www.itcon.org/2012/33

Organizing it in construction: present state and future challenges in Sweden

submitted:March 2012
revised:August 2012
published:October 2012
editor(s):Amor R.
authors:Tina Karrbom Gustavsson, Associate Professor
Dep. of Real Estate and Construction Management, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden
Tina.Karrbom@abe.kth.se

Olle Samuelson, PhD
Swedish Centre for Innovation and Quality in the Built Environment, Stockholm, Sweden
Olle.Samuelson@iqs.se

Örjan Wikforss, Professor
Dep. of Real Estate and Construction Management, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden
Wikforss@kth.se
summary:The expectations on IT-tools for improved business benefits are still high in Sweden. At the sametime there is limited research on IT-tools in the organizational context and thus limited knowledge on the presentstate of IT in the Swedish construction sector. This article presents recent findings from a combined quantitativeand qualitative study on IT, organization and communication in the Swedish construction sector. The purpose isto develop knowledge and understanding of the current situation in Sweden and to elaborate on futurechallenges. The findings show that the use of IT-tools is widely spread but that the knowledge and understandingof how to benefit from using IT-tools is less developed. The findings also indicate that the use of IT-tools in theproduction phase needs to be more interactive and proactive. This knowledge is of importance in order to allowinformed decision-making in how to integrate IT-tools in the organizing and communication processes inconstruction projects, as well as how to do investments and develop practices, education and regulations. Theconclusion is that project practitioners still search for the benefits of using IT-tools within construction projects.
keywords:Project communication, Project management, IT, BIM, Construction projects
full text: (PDF file, 0.465 MB)
citation:Tina Karrbom Gustavsson, Olle Samuelson, Örjan Wikforss (2012). Organizing it in construction: present state and future challenges in Sweden, ITcon Vol. 17, pg. 520-534, http://www.itcon.org/2012/33