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Adopting global virtual engineering teams in AEC Projects: a qualitative meta-analysis of innovation diffusion studies

Hosseini, M. Reza, Chileshe, Nicholas, Zuo, Jian and Baroudi, Bassam 2015, Adopting global virtual engineering teams in AEC Projects: a qualitative meta-analysis of innovation diffusion studies, Construction innovation, vol. 15, no. 2, pp. 151-179, doi: 10.1108/CI-12-2013-0058.

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Title Adopting global virtual engineering teams in AEC Projects: a qualitative meta-analysis of innovation diffusion studies
Author(s) Hosseini, M. RezaORCID iD for Hosseini, M. Reza orcid.org/0000-0001-8675-736X
Chileshe, Nicholas
Zuo, Jian
Baroudi, Bassam
Journal name Construction innovation
Volume number 15
Issue number 2
Start page 151
End page 179
Total pages 29
Publisher Emerald Group Publishing
Place of publication Bingley, Eng.
Publication date 2015
ISSN 1471-4175
1477-0857
Keyword(s) AEC
Construction
Diffusion
Innovation
Team working
Virtual team
Summary Purpose - This study aims to present an integrated conceptual model in order to highlight the major aspects of diffusion of innovations in the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) context. To this end, a critical review of literature is conducted, accompaniedbysynthesising the findings of previous studies. The driving force behind this study is stemmed from the fragmentation of literature on innovation diffusion, and paucity of research on diffusion of Global Virtual Engineering Teams (GVETs) as the platform formany technological innovations in relevant literature. Thus, the present study is intended to facilitate filling the gap in GVETs literature. That is, the proposed model will offer a foundation for academia for grounding studies on any innovation including GVETs in the literature on innovation diffusion in the AEC context. Design/methodology/approach - This paper draws upon the qualitative meta-analysis approach encompassing a critical review of the relevant literature. To this end, the review builds upon studies found within 15 prestigious journals in AEC. The domain of this review was confined to areas described as "innovation", "innovation diffusion" and "innovation adoption", along with keywords used within a broad review of recently published GVETs literature. The rigour of review is augmented by incorporating 35 authoritative works from other disciplines published in 21 well-known journals in the manufacturing, business and management fields. Moreover, the study deploys the peer-debriefing approach through conducting unstructured interviews with five Australian scholars to verify a model presenting an aggregated summary of previous studies. Findings - The key findings of the study include the following items: Synthesising the fragmented studies on innovation diffusion in the AEC context. In doing so, a model capturing the major aspects affecting diffusion of an innovation in AEC projects is presented; providing a foundation to address the drawbacks of previous studies within the sphere of GVETs, based on the developed model. Research limitations/implications - The developed model was only enhanced using a small sample size of academics, as such not empirically validated. Originality/value - As possibly, the first literature review of innovation in the AEC context, this paper contributes to the sphere by sensitising the AEC body of knowledge on innovation diffusion as a concise conceptual model, albeit verified through the peer-debriefing approach. This study will also further establish the research field in AEC on GVETs along with other methods reliant on virtual working such as building information modelling (BIM) through providing an expanded foundation for future inquiries and creation of knowledge.
Language eng
DOI 10.1108/CI-12-2013-0058
Field of Research 120104 Architectural Science and Technology (incl Acoustics, Lighting, Structure and Ecologically Sustainable Design)
1202 Building
Socio Economic Objective 970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2015, Emerald
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30073368

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