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ICT adoption and diffusion in the construction industry of a developing economy: The case of the sultanate of Oman

Alkalbani, Saeed, Rezgui, Yacine, Vorakulpipat, Chales and Wilson, Ian Eric 2013. ICT adoption and diffusion in the construction industry of a developing economy: The case of the sultanate of Oman. Architectural Engineering and Design Management 9 (1) , pp. 62-75. 10.1080/17452007.2012.718861

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Abstract

The government of the Sultanate of Oman has launched a long-term development strategy, the ‘Oman Vision 2020’ plan, which focuses on Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and the fundamental establishment of a knowledge economy. However, the Omani construction sector, in particular, is lagging behind this vision. There are a number of limitations and barriers to the effective development of the industry, and a considerable gap exists between the modus operandi of the construction sectors in developed economies and that in Oman. This study aims to develop an in-depth and evidenced understanding of the structure, current practices, limitations and barriers, as well as specific characteristics of construction in Oman. The results reveal a number of socio-cultural and regulatory barriers reflected in a lack of (i) ICT strategic thinking in the surveyed organizations hindered by short-term cost and profit concerns and (ii) awareness, training and education programmes.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Engineering
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: ICT adoption, ICT diffusion, barriers, Oman, construction
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1745-2007
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2017 20:03
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/44808

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