This paper revisits the early conceptions of boundary objects, with a view to npacking the multiple ways in which boundary objects are constructed, shaped and deployed in practice across multiple communities within construction contexts. This is significant given both the role of technologies in transforming practice within the sector, and the ways they affect and are shaped by traditional practices and institutional conventions. We do this through analysing and comparing two different empirical cases – the implementation of an Enterprise Resource Planning system (ERP) in a large engineering consultancy and the use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) to coordinate the design and construction of two large hospitals in central London. Both BIM and ERP have complicated and on-going histories, and involve the inclusion of many different groups and actors, as well as a plethora of objects in circulation between them. They therefore make useful sites within which to problematise and explore the dynamics and implications of boundary objects.
6th Nordic Conference on Construction Economics and Organisation – Shaping the Construction/society Nexus, 2011, p. 283-294
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6th Nordic Conference on Construction Economics and Organisation - Shaping the Construction/Society Nexus, 2011
Danish Building Research Institute, Aalborg University