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Exploration of latent barriers inhibiting project management processes in adopting smart building technologies (SBTs) in the developing countries
journal contributionposted on 2021-10-21, 00:00 authored by F A Ghansah, D G Owusu-Manu, J Ayarkwa, D J Edwards, M. Reza HosseiniM. Reza Hosseini
While smart building technologies (SBTs) implementation ensures sustainability, their adoption is hampered by latent barriers, especially in project management processes. These latent barriers must be addressed to facilitate the successful and widespread adoption of SBTs. Therefore, this study aims to explore the significant latent barriers inhibiting the project management processes in adopting SBTs in developing countries.
A positivist research philosophy couched within a deductive approach was adopted to undertake a quantitative questionnaire survey of 227 project management and design team participants. Descriptive and inferential analytical tools (including a one sample T-test and exploratory factor analysis) were then adopted to interpret data collected.
The results reveal that the “high cost of smart sustainable materials and equipment” is the major significant barrier hindering the adoption of SBTs in developing countries. Latent barriers were: “structure and time-related barriers,” “construction-related barriers” and “human, policy and cost-related barriers”.
The study contributes novel insights into the prevailing nascent discourse on SBTs from the perspectives of construction project managers and design teams in developing countries, particularly. Furthermore, to the best of the authors’ knowledge, this is the first study that ascertains the significant barriers inhibiting project management processes in adopting SBTs in developing countries.
Pagination685 - 707
PublisherEMERALD GROUP PUBLISHING LTD
Publication classificationC1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Science & TechnologyTechnologyConstruction & Building TechnologySignificant barriersDeveloping countriesGhanaProject management processesSmart building technologiesInnovationConstruction technologySUSTAINABLE CONSTRUCTIONENERGY EFFICIENCYGREENINTEGRATIONDRIVERSREQUIREMENTSINCENTIVESSTRATEGIESKNOWLEDGEAWARENESS