BIM adoption within Australian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) : an innovation diffusion model

Hosseini, M. Reza, Banihashemi, Saeed, Chileshe, Nicholas, Oraee Namzadi, Mehran, Udaeja, Chika, Rameezdeen, Raufdeen and McCuen, Tammy 2016, BIM adoption within Australian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) : an innovation diffusion model, Construction economics and building, vol. 16, no. 3, pp. 71-86, doi: 10.5130/AJCEB.v16i3.5159.

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Title BIM adoption within Australian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) : an innovation diffusion model
Author(s) Hosseini, M. RezaORCID iD for Hosseini, M. Reza
Banihashemi, Saeed
Chileshe, Nicholas
Oraee Namzadi, MehranORCID iD for Oraee Namzadi, Mehran
Udaeja, Chika
Rameezdeen, Raufdeen
McCuen, Tammy
Journal name Construction economics and building
Volume number 16
Issue number 3
Start page 71
End page 86
Total pages 16
Publisher University of Technology Sydney (UTS) ePress
Place of publication Sydney, N.S.W.
Publication date 2016
ISSN 2204-9029
Keyword(s) BIM
The Construction Industry
Innovation Diffusion
Summary Despite the envisaged benefits of BIM adoption for SMEs, BIM in SMEs has remained an underrepresented area within the available academic literature. This study proposes and draws upon a framework grounded on innovation diffusion theory (IDT) to provide an illuminating insight into the current state of BIM and the main barriers to BIM adoption within Australian SMEs. Based on analyses of 135 questionnaires completed by SMEs through partial least squares structural equation modelling (PLS-SEM) and grounded on the proposed framework, the current state of BIM adoption and barriers to BIM adoption for SMEs are discussed. The findings show that currently around 42% of Australian SMEs use BIM in Level 1 and Level 2 with only around 5% have tried Level 3. It comes to light that lack of knowledge within SMEs and across the construction supply chain is not a major barrier for Australian SMEs. In essence, the main barriers stem from the risks associated with an uncertain return on investment (ROI) for BIM as perceived by key players in SMEs. The findings also show the validity of the framework proposed for explaining BIM adoption in Australian SMEs.
Language eng
DOI 10.5130/AJCEB.v16i3.5159
Field of Research 120201 Building Construction Management and Project Planning
Socio Economic Objective 970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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