Towards a Theory of BIM Implementation: Understanding Levels of Adoption and Assimilation

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RICS 2015 Conference Proceeding, 2015, pp. n.p. - n.p.
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This paper explores the contingent, authority-based processes surrounding the adoption and assimilation of building information modelling (BIM), in both project and organisational settings. The paper first explores traditional technology adoption and diffusion models and related construction IT (information technology) research. A number of gaps are identified and a new framework is proposed that combines insights from organisation management and information systems (IS) research on technology adoption, implementation and absorption. Using these insights, together with those identified in the construction IT research, the framework attempts to capture the project-based, socio-technical constructs that define the industry. The resulting theory describes the assimilation and feedback events surrounding BIM implementation and their influencing factors. The framework provides an approach for researchers to study and understand how BIM implementation occurs.
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