Mobile information technology (IT) seems an ideal innovation to promote effectiveness of the construction process, particularly at the construction site; research has over the last 15 years focused on solutions, potentials and barriers with this field. This paper aim at the duality between research and industry for an updated and forward looking comprehension, and view of tendencies, of the roles and potentials of mobile IT at the construction site including potential for further research. Qualitative and interpretive methodology inspired by information systems and sociology of research and construction is used; mobility is classified as remote, local or micro. Furthermore an extensive literature study is employed along with both market screening for systems and case studies of companies adopting as well as rejecting the technology. Both within research communities, software manufacturers and construction companies a mixed attitude is seen stretching from quick movers to full rejection; a previous taxonomy seems to be reduceable into mobile IT as Extended ERP and for Rich Documentation. A tendency is seen of higher prevalence of mobile IT within work of remote mobility rather than within local and micro mobility (the site); additionally systems designed for the construction site are used in increasingly adjacent industries: Architects, engineers, facility management, insurance, etc. The ambiguousness of mobile IT on the construction site strongly supports further research within this field using expanded arrays of multi-disciplinary approaches and including regulators, new technologies and general innovation barriers/drivers within construction.
Proceedings of the 26th Annual Conference of Association of Researchers in Construction Management, 2010, p. 653-662
construction industry; mobile information technologies; mobility; enterprise resource planning (ERP); rich documentation; construction research
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Annual Conference of Association of Researchers in Construction Management, 2010
Association of Researchers in Construction Management