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Badi, S, Ochieng, E, Nasaj, M and Papadaki, M (2021) Technological, organisational and environmental determinants of smart contracts adoption: UK construction sector viewpoint. Construction Management and Economics, 39(01), 36–54.

Bordalo, R, de Brito, J, Gaspar, P L and Silva, A (2011) Service life prediction modelling of adhesive ceramic tiling systems. Building Research & Information, 39(01), 66–78.

Chahrour, R, Hafeez, M A, Ahmad, A M, Sulieman, H I, Dawood, H, Rodriguez-Trejo, S, Kassem, M, Naji, K K and Dawood, N (2021) Cost-benefit analysis of BIM-enabled design clash detection and resolution. Construction Management and Economics, 39(01), 55–72.

Lehtovaara, J, Seppänen, O, Peltokorpi, A, Kujansuu, P and Grönvall, M (2021) How takt production contributes to construction production flow: a theoretical model. Construction Management and Economics, 39(01), 73–95.

Lindblad, H and Karrbom Gustavsson, T (2021) Public clients ability to drive industry change: the case of implementing BIM. Construction Management and Economics, 39(01), 21–35.

Lucke, T and Arthur, S (2011) Plastic pipe pressures in siphonic roof drainage systems. Building Research & Information, 39(01), 79–92.

Newton, P W and Tucker, S N (2011) Pathways to decarbonizing the housing sector: a scenario analysis. Building Research & Information, 39(01), 34–50.

Sandberg, N H, Bergsdal, H and Brattebø, H (2011) Historical energy analysis of the Norwegian dwelling stock. Building Research & Information, 39(01), 1–15.

Sodagar, B, Rai, D, Jones, B, Wihan, J and Fieldson, R (2011) The carbon-reduction potential of straw-bale housing. Building Research & Information, 39(01), 51–65.

Wallhagen, M and Glaumann, M (2011) Design consequences of differences in building assessment tools: a case study. Building Research & Information, 39(01), 16–33.

Zomer, T, Neely, A, Sacks, R and Parlikad, A (2021) Exploring the influence of socio-historical constructs on BIM implementation: an activity theory perspective. Construction Management and Economics, 39(01), 1–20.

  • Type: Journal Article
  • Keywords: BIM; activity theory; change management; sector transformation; BIM mandate;
  • ISBN/ISSN: 0144-6193
  • URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/01446193.2020.1792522
  • Abstract:
    Building Information Modelling (BIM) has been widely seen as bringing a paradigm change to the construction industry. However, scholars have acknowledged that neither widespread BIM implementation nor the envisaged systemic changes within the sector have taken place. Despite acknowledging that the industry’s conditions and embedded contexts shape innovation diffusion, existing studies have not explored in any depth “how” the context might influence the episode of change when a new technology is introduced and the new practices accompanying that technology and old practices co-evolve. By adopting activity theory, its concepts of contradictions and multiple layers within the activity system, in this paper, we explore the interaction between situated and existing practices, or the “how” of implementation; that is, how the activity system is questioned and redefined during an episode of technological change. Drawing on data from multiple case studies, our findings demonstrate that situated practices related to the definition of information requirements, and the production and the handover of information were re-enacted following institutionalised socio-historical constructs (e.g. norms, rules, division of labour) at the industry and organisational levels. The findings provide insights regarding the inertia in the transformation of the sector as also deriving from re-enactments of socio-historical constructs that mediate the institutionalisation of situated practices. Our findings reveal re-enactment as part of the transformation process and contribute to calls for more realistic views on BIM implementation.