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A Socio-cultural Perspective to BIM Adoption: A Case Study in South Africa

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© 2021, The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG. The implementation of BIM in construction organisations requires various strategic and change management processes. The effect of organisational culture, manifested through external survival issues, internal integration issues and underlying assumptions, on BIM adoption are absent in the literature. This paper aims to illustrate that a focus on these three level of cultural manifestation within AEC organisations could lead to improved analysis of BIM adoption. An architectural organisation based in South Africa is used as a case study. A mixed method of data collection was adopted to analyse BIM’s manifestation in an architectural organisation’s culture. Interviews were conducted with key members in the organisation, and survey data of 29 respondents was used to triangulate and develop consensus about the underlying assumptions relating to BIM. The results showed how each of the three levels of cultural manifestation is influencing BIM adoption. In particular, the findings revealed that leaders’ perceptions greatly impact the adoption of BIM through the three levels of the organisational culture.

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Author(s): Knobel M, Ahmed V, Saboor S, Gledson B, Kassem M

Editor(s): Syed M. Ahmed, Paul Hampton, Salman Azhar, Amelia D. Saul

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: Collaboration and Integration in Construction, Engineering, Management and Technology: Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Construction in the 21st Century

Year: 2021

Pages: 405-412

Online publication date: 22/12/2020

Acceptance date: 02/04/2018

Series Title: Advances in Science, Technology and Innovation

Publisher: Springer Nature

Place Published: Cham


DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-48465-1_68

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ISBN: 9783030484644