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Industry perspectives of IT and e-commerce

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posted on 19.12.2012, 14:25 by Kirti RuikarKirti Ruikar, Chimay J. Anumba, Patricia CarrilloPatricia Carrillo
In recent years several new IT-based technologies such as e-commerce have been developed, which if applied to the construction industry can prove beneficial. Before the implementation of new technologies and applications, it is essential to identify the factors that the industry perceives as being the enablers and barriers to the uptake of these applications for greater effectiveness. This paper presents the results of a survey undertaken to establish the views of industry practitioners on the uptake of IT (and ecommerce in particular) within the UK construction sector. The survey explored attitudes, current usage, barriers and enablers amongst other things. The findings of the survey are briefly discussed and outline ideas for more effective deployment of IT and e-commerce in construction organisations presented. The paper also tries to outline some future prospects for using e-commerce in the UK construction industry, based on responses to the survey.



  • Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering


RUIKAR, K., ANUMBA, C.J. and CARRILLO, P.M., 2002. Industry perspectives of IT and e-commerce. IN: Tommelein, I.D. (ed.). Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Concurrent Engineering in Construction, 1st-3rd July 2002, University of California, Berkeley, USA, pp. 26-40.


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