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Alkalbani, S, Rezgui, Y, Vorakulpipat, C and Wilson, I E (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(01), 62-75.

  • Type: Journal Article
  • Keywords: ICT adoption; ICT diffusion; barriers; Oman; construction
  • ISBN/ISSN: 1745-2007
  • URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/17452007.2012.718861
  • 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.