The new role for emerging digital technology to facilitate IPD and improve collaboration: A disruptive innovation perspective

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Routledge Handbook of Integrated Project Delivery, 2020, pp. 347-364
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© 2020 selection and editorial matter, Derek Walker and Steve Rowlinson. All rights reserved. This chapter focuses on the role of emerging digital technology as a disruptive agent, a role that emerging digital technology can play simply as the catalyst of change. It deals with a consideration of the construction industry and why it is ripe for disruptive innovation. The chapter provides an overview of the emerging digital technologies of particular relevance to the construction industry at this time. It proposes a new role for emerging digital technology in the context of integrated project delivery (IPD), in the role as a catalyst for change. The broader impact of Industry 4.0 has also been discussed elsewhere in terms of collaboration and the integration of knowledge, skills and attributes. In order for new technology innovation to provide the necessary catalyst for the substantive, whole-of-industry changes, required to drive IPD and radically improve the performance of the construction industry, a different perspective is required.
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