Digital Transformation in the Construction Industry Implementation, Organisational Structure, and Value

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2020
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Albin, Karlsson
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Digitalisation is an area in the construction industry that has been subject for discussion in the sector in recent years. It is considered an opportunity to increase productivity and efficiency. However, its full potential has not been achieved yet. Construction companies struggle with implementation and changes in organisational structure and are trying to understand how value is generated in projects. Therefore, this thesis focuses on the implementation of digitalisation, the need for organisational structure, and attempts to define the value adding activities for the construction industry. To examine this, a qualitative study has been conducted, were interviews and observations have been done in a large Swedish construction company. The findings from this thesis showed that the implementation of digitalisation does not function in a structured and organised way. However, it is found that the company has an ambition to push the implementation of digitalisation forward. This is mainly based on a low understanding of change management and an organisational structure that not flourish digital development. Regarding digitalisation the construction industry is deeply tool-oriented were the change processes mainly focusing on implementation of digital tools. The important parts of productivity and efficiency in projects is one reason why tools are central for the development. The thesis concludes that a shift in focus from tools, towards operations and information management. The unification of data is necessary for the company in question and a valuable resource in the future. In addition, a better understanding of digitisation, digitalisation and digital transformation is needed, to process the digital change and boost the value. To achieve this change central digitalisation strategies must come from upper management of the company.
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Building information modeling, BIM, Business opportunities, Change management, Digitisation, Digitalisation, Digital transformation, Implementation, Organisational structure, Value
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