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Theoretical constructs for IS-capability in AEC

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Naaranoja M, Clarke P

Theoretical constructs for IS-capability in AEC

Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to develop a conceptual framework and to explore the possible types of Information System (IS)-capability models especially in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) environment. Based on current literature, capability is considered from the perspectives of individual, organisation, and the skill to utilise IS innovations. The different perspectives explain the challenge of improving the IS-capability. Individual capabilities need to be studied when considering intelligence, knowledge formation and capability leading to action. The viewpoints of organisation give insights into decision-making and the implementation of an improvement project. The organisation is examined from the administrative, social, knowledge management, activity and economic assessment viewpoints. Knowledge management was found to be very important when considering IS capabilities. IS-capability can be simplified into organisation, economic development, and technical dimensions. These dimensions have equal importance as ISinnovations are utilised. Organisation needs to be committed, project has to be feasible, and the technical solution needs to be mature to enable employees to utilise them. Finally, it is considered desirable to undertake further research into the area of end user utilization of IS-capability, particularly within the AEC culture.

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