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Adesi, M, Murphy, R and Kehily, D (2018) The role of digitisation in the strategic planning process of Irish quantity surveying practices. In: Gorse, C and Neilson, C J (Eds.), Proceedings 34th Annual ARCOM Conference, 3-5 September 2018, Queen’s University, Belfast, UK. Association of Researchers in Construction Management, 250–259.
- Type: Conference Proceedings
- Keywords: corporate strategy; communication; quantity surveying; competitiveness; information technology
- ISBN/ISSN: 978-0-9955463-2-5
- URL: http://www.arcom.ac.uk/-docs/proceedings/5c5b095011c571fa476284386809a0fd.pdf
The construction industry in Ireland continues to experience considerable change due to economic, competitive, regulatory and industry level factors. Digtization is having a transformative effect on the way large scale projects are being delivered, however at an organisational level the adoption of Information Technology (IT) and impact on business performance has remained underexplored, particularly in the context of professional practice. Quantity surveying (QS) practices have largely applied IT in construction project delivery while overlooking the potential benefit of its application at an organisational level, in the strategic decision making process. Strategic planning plays a critical role in the management of quantity surveying practices by determining the choices; however, evidence suggests there is considerable variation in strategy process characteristic within QS firms. IT has the potential to improve not only the strategic decision making process but also in the range of service offerings available to create competitive advantage. This paper investigates the role, impact and extent of adoption of IT in the strategic planning process of QS practices in Ireland. A quantitative approach is adopted based on the first phase of an ongoing PhD research. Results from a widespread survey senior managers in QS practices in Ireland is presented. The findings of the paper contribute to the understanding, awareness and use of IT by top management of QS practices in strategic planning process, and concludes by presenting a framework for the incorporation of IT into the strategic decision making process within QS practices.