||Construction process improvements in market networks
||Most construction projects are carried out in market networks withseveral design and production firms involved. It is unlikely that the use ofinformation technology (IT) will proceed at an even pace in firms. A vital taskin coordinating the construction process is therefore to bridge technology gapsbetween firms. The analytical framework for this investigation is derived fromthe theory of transaction costs, with focus on how network participantsperceive incentives for sharing and preserving project information. Issues suchas information feedback from later to earlier stages of the process andprofessional liability for information provided are dealt with in this context.The main points are illustrated by results from recent and ongoing SwedishR&D projects within the field. Emphasis on IT use at the client/designerinterface and at the construction site interface is expected to grow. Improveddigital telecommunications for rapid transmission of graphics with attacheddatabases are seen as a development with far-reaching consequences forefficiency in the construction process.
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||construction process; networks; transaction costs; design feedback; Swedishconstruction
Brochner J (1993).
Construction process improvements in market networks. Mathur K S, Betts M P, Tham K W (editors); Management of information technology for construction; Singapore, August 1993,