Technological changes in the construction industry

Derek A. Abankwa*, Steve Rowlinson

*Corresponding author for this work

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The construction industry is moving towards the use of digital technologies due to the complex nature of work environments, growing dynamic workforce, competitive advantage, and health and safety issues. However, the poor collaboration among stakeholders, the cost of new technologies, and employees' resistance to change in the construction sector impede the implementation of new technologies. Research on construction technologies rarely focuses on the social behaviours of employees who are required to adjust to new technologies. Since technologies will continuously evolve, it is important to understand employees' behavioural responses to situations of technological change in construction organisations and the antecedents of such behaviours. The knowledge of such skills is an important prerequisite for individuals to successfully adjust to technological changes and for practitioners to be aware of possible pitfalls associated with technology implementation. The research was conducted in four construction contractor organisations implementing new technological changes. Change acceptance behaviours are necessitated to realise the potential of new technologies for diversification and growth of the construction industry.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Construction Industry: Global Trends, Job Burnout and Safety Issues
EditorsKofi Agyekum, Emmanuel Adinyira
PublisherNova Science Publishers
Number of pages26
ISBN (Electronic)9781685074210
ISBN (Print)9781685073381
Publication statusPublished - 16 Dec 2021
Externally publishedYes


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