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Paper w78-2009-1-62:
The Drivers and Barriers for the Development and Applications of Project Collaboration Systems in the Chinese Construction Industry

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Z. Ren, T. M. Hassan & F. Yang

The Drivers and Barriers for the Development and Applications of Project Collaboration Systems in the Chinese Construction Industry

Abstract:Fragmentation is one of the major problems facing the Chinese construction industry. With its rapid development, this problem becomes more severe in the industry. In response to this problem, different collaboration systems have been developed by domestic and foreign construction and ICT companies. Although a significant of money has been invested, the impacts are still unclear. This paper reports on the findings of a survey conducted in 2008, with contributions received from 42 construction organizations including developers, designers, and contractors. The paper discussed the major problems and issues involved in developing project collaboration system in Chinese construction industry, and identified the key issues that support and inhibit the application of collaboration systems. Both qualitative and quantitative analyses methods have been adopted to analyze the results obtained. The results reveal the state-of-the art of collaboration systems in the Chinese construction industry and their impacts, at both Governmental and organizational levels.

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