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Bastem, S S and Cekmis, A (2022) Development of historic building information modelling: a systematic literature review. Building Research & Information, 50(05), 527–58.

Kahaduwa, A and Rajapakse, L (2022) Review of climate change impacts on reservoir hydrology and long-term basin-wide water resources management. Building Research & Information, 50(05), 515–26.

Marsh, A T M and Kulshreshtha, Y (2022) The state of earthen housing worldwide: how development affects attitudes and adoption. Building Research & Information, 50(05), 485–501.

Muguda, S, Hughes, P N, Augarde, C E, Perlot, C, Walter Bruno, A and Gallipoli, D (2022) Cross-linking of biopolymers for stabilizing earthen construction materials. Building Research & Information, 50(05), 502–14.

Sharmin, T and Khalid, R (2022) Post occupancy and participatory design evaluation of a marginalized low-income settlement in Ahmedabad, India. Building Research & Information, 50(05), 574–94.

Sherratt, F, Ivory, C, Sherratt, S and Crawley, S (2022) Organizing construction work: a digital and cooperative way forwards for micro-projects. Building Research & Information, 50(05), 559–73.

  • Type: Journal Article
  • Keywords: Cooperation; cooperatives; digitization; organization; SMEs;
  • ISBN/ISSN: 0961-3218
  • URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/09613218.2021.2012118
  • Abstract:
    The Digital Construction Cooperative, or DigiConCo-Op, is a digital ‘virtual main contractor’ platform, able to support the collaboration of local micro-SMEs and SMEs (MSMEs) in the delivery of micro-projects. The design of the platform reflects and is intended to instantiate the theory and practice of cooperativism. Cooperativism is an organizational, economic and contractual model which assumes that humans work best when working together collaboratively and in contexts were they share ownership of the enterprise at hand. In Cooperatives, management responsibilities, profits and risks are fully shared between those doing the work. Following the theoretical detailing of the DigiConCo-Op platform, its fit with practice is explored through interviews with n = 25 MSMEs as to the potential benefits and challenges these future users perceived within the platform, and cooperative working generally. Findings show that there is an appetite for construction cooperatives among construction MSMEs, and for supporting digital technology, but also a concern for how responsibility and risk are shared in practice, and whether membership can be open without some form of pre-existing personal relationship.