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Betts, M, Cher, L, Mathur, K and Ofori, G (1991) Strategies for the construction sector in the information technology era. Construction Management and Economics, 9(06), 509-28.
- Type: Journal Article
- Keywords: construction sector; information technology; Singapore; strategic planning
- ISBN/ISSN: 0144-6193
- URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/01446199100000039
The construction industries in many countries are starting to consider seriously the strategic use of information technology (IT). The use of information technology in construction is extending beyond the stage of piecemeal application for improving the efficiency of discrete operations by individual organizations to the advanced stage where IT is applied strategically in commercial enterprises government agencies and professional institutions. Progress in construction in this regard appears to lag behind that in most other sectors of the economy. This paper considers the nature and the background of this progression in construction by examining proposals be Earl (1989) of nine basic prerequisites to the IT era which make a strategic approach timely. Each prerequisite is outlined and how it has been met in other sectors of the economy considered. The extent to which these prerequisites apply in construction and the scope for their application in the near future are examined. It is argued that all organizations involved in construction will ultimately have to think strategically about their use of IT, and how some are already doing so is described. In discussing the factors which hinder the strategic application of IT in construction, the nature of the design and construction proces5ses and initiatives that may be necessary to overcome the perceived problems are examined in detail. The strategies that are evolving at a national level in Singapore are outlined.