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Education, Policy, and Standardisation 1
Tuesday, 27/July/2021:
11:00am - 12:00pm

Session Chair: Angelo Ciribini

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11:00am - 11:20am

An empirical study on the effects of COVID-like environmental perturbation on attitude towards innovation in construction*

Marzia Bolpagni1, Vishal Singh2, Vinayak Suthar3

1University College London, London, UK; 2Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India; 3Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India

This paper presents preliminary results from an empirical study on the effects of environmental perturbation, such as the pandemic-driven disruptions, on attitude towards innovation. The results based on a survey with 266 construction professionals demonstrate that such perturbations force a change in the attitude towards innovation, both among individuals and organizations. The study also validates the earlier claims that this change can be positive as well as negative. Cases of both increase and decrease in innovation-related activities are reported. Findings also suggest that the perturbation-induced excitation aligns the needs and priorities of the different actors in the ecosystem, fostering innovation activities.

11:20am - 11:40am


Hooman Sadeh Sadeh, Claudio Mirarchi, Alberto Pavan

Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Literature discussion on BIM benefits and barriers for micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises is lacking. Testing the independence of statistic for nominal variables as such requires application of statistical techniques including Fisher’s Exact Test, and Factor Analysis. The nominal variables were tested across 14 variables as operational definitions for benefits, and six variables were selected as operational definitions for concept of barriers. After factor analysis, four components related to benefits and two for barriers showed the highest significant association. The four benefits factors influencing digitalization are operation, marketability, productivity, and information-exchange. The two barriers are lack of professionalism and know-how.

11:40am - 12:00pm

Developing Competent Project Managers for Mega Infrastructure Construction: A Digital Construction Approach

Iliyasu Abba Abdullahi1, Georgios Kapogiannis1, Michal Lemanski2, Carlos Jimenez-Bescos3

1University of Nottingham, Ningbo; 2Nottingham University Business School, Ningbo, China, People's Republic of; 3University of Nottingham, United Kingdom Campus

Recent studies implied that exhibiting competence remains impracticable for project managers during infrastructure construction due to project strategies shortfall to augment their competence, handle complexity. The paper adopted an exploratory case study technique to report how integrating various digital tools to form a strategy augments managers' competence during construction. Findings depicted that adopting digital construction approach enabled managers to perform due to its pluralism to reinforce human sensation and evolve complex processes to maximize human capabilities. Practically, the study proposes to practicing managers a proactive medium towards competence development and provides companies insights into digital tools utilization to improve performance.

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