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Digitalization as a strategic means of achieving sustainable efficiencies in construction management: a critical review

Nikmehr, B, Hosseini, M. FReza, Martek, Igor, Zavadskas, E K and Antucheviciene, J 2021, Digitalization as a strategic means of achieving sustainable efficiencies in construction management: a critical review, Sustainability, vol. 13, no. 9, pp. 1-12, doi: 10.3390/su13095040.

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Title Digitalization as a strategic means of achieving sustainable efficiencies in construction management: a critical review
Author(s) Nikmehr, B
Hosseini, M. FRezaORCID iD for Hosseini, M. FReza orcid.org/0000-0001-8675-736X
Martek, IgorORCID iD for Martek, Igor orcid.org/0000-0001-6573-1291
Zavadskas, E K
Antucheviciene, J
Journal name Sustainability
Volume number 13
Issue number 9
Article ID 5040
Start page 1
End page 12
Total pages 12
Publisher MDPI AG
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Publication date 2021-04
ISSN 2071-1050
Summary Construction is a complex activity, characterized by high levels of capital investment, relatively long delivery durations, multitudinous risks and uncertainties, as well as requiring the integration of multiple skills delivering a huge volume of tasks and processes. All of these must be coordinated carefully if time, cost, and quality constraints are to be met. At the same time, construction is renowned for performing poorly regarding sustainability metrics. Construction activity generates high volumes of waste, requires vast amounts of resources and materials, while consuming a significant proportion of total energy generated. Digitalization of the construction workplace and construction activities has the potential of improving construction performance both in terms of business results as well as sustainability outcomes. This is because, to put it simply, reduced energy usage, for example, impacts economic and “green” performance, simultaneously. Firms tinkering with digitalization, however, do not always achieve the hoped-for outcomes. The challenge faced is that a digital transition of construction firms must be carried out at a strategic level—requiring a comprehensive change management protocol. What then does a digital strategy entail? This study puts forward an argument for the combined economic and sustainability dividends to be had from digitizing construction firm activities. It outlines the requirements for achieving digitalization. The elements of a comprehensive digitalization strategy are cataloged, while the various approaches to developing a digitalization strategy are discussed. This study offers practitioners a useful framework by which to consider their own firm-level efforts at digitalization transition.
Language eng
DOI 10.3390/su13095040
Indigenous content off
Field of Research 12 Built Environment and Design
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30151812

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