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Technology strategy for re-engineering design and construction

Hampson, Keith D. & Tatum, C. Bob (1999) Technology strategy for re-engineering design and construction. International Journal of Computer-Integrated Design and Construction.

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Abstract

Automation technology can provide construction firms with a number of competitive advantages. Technology strategy guides a firm's approach to all technology, including automation. Engineering management educators, researchers, and construction industry professionals need improved understanding of how technology affects results, and how to better target investments to improve competitive performance. A more formal approach to the concept of technology strategy can benefit the construction manager in his efforts to remain competitive in increasingly hostile markets. This paper recommends consideration of five specific dimensions of technology strategy within the overall parameters of market conditions, firm capabilities and goals, and stage of technology evolution. Examples of the application of this framework in the formulation of technology strategy are provided for CAD applications, co-ordinated positioning technology and advanced falsework and formwork mechanisation to support construction field operations. Results from this continuing line of research can assist managers in making complex and difficult decisions regarding reengineering construction processes in using new construction technology and benefit future researchers by providing new tools for analysis. Through managing technology to best suit the existing capabilities of their firm, and addressing the market forces, engineering managers can better face the increasingly competitive environment in which they operate.

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ID Code: 41067
Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: This journal changed its title to "International Journal of IT in Architecture, Engineering and Construction" in 2002
Keywords: technology strategy, automation, computers, construction, CAD
ISSN: 1092-5902
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > DESIGN PRACTICE AND MANAGEMENT (120300)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Current > Research Centres > Sustainable Built Environment National Research Centre
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1999 [please consult the authors]
Deposited On: 01 Apr 2011 08:22
Last Modified: 11 Aug 2011 08:15

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