Sources of Information for Mobile Knowledge Workers on Construction Projects

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International Conference on Computer Technology and Development (ICCTD 2012), 2012, pp. 335 - 341
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As workers such as Foreman move around construction sites they are often required to make on the spot decisions and as such can be classified as a Construction Mobile Knowledge Worker (CMKW). Mobile technology affords 'just in time' access to information which in theory should improve support to such construction site decision makers however mobile tools are yet to make a clear impact on construction site work. This research examines the information system of mobile knowledge workers as it exists on two case study construction sites. The sources of information are identified through the thematic analysis of how the information is used and valued. The research differentiates between knowledge and information sources and finds that the knowledge sources are favored as a tool for decision making.
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