Digital Disruption of the AEC Industry: Technology-Oriented Scenarios for Possible Future Development Paths

Rita Lavikka, Johanna Kallio, Thomas Casey, Miimu Airaksinen

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Abstract

Decision-makers in the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry lack knowledge about the implementation of digitalisation to generate value. We applied a scenario planning method developed by Schoemaker and Mavaddat to provide decision-makers with information for using digital data and technologies to create value for customers. We aim to theoretically understand how the scenario planning process helps AEC decision-makers to make sense of the future. Our findings show that boundary spanners are needed for steering the discussions among industry actors toward shared knowledge about the technological, social, economic and political changes needed at the industry level to optimise the benefits of digitalisation. Our findings also show that boundary spanners apply scenario figures as boundary objects to cross knowledge boundaries. Based on our findings, we theoretically conceptualise scenario planning as a boundary-spanning activity that enables AEC decision-makers from different fields to share tacit knowledge and to cross knowledge boundaries. The practical implication is that scenario planning provides a method for AEC decision-makers to make sense of the changes needed to realise the preferred future for the industry.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)635-650
JournalConstruction Management and Economics
Volume36
Issue number11
Early online date29 Jun 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 13 Nov 2018
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • Digital
  • Scenarios
  • Boundary objects
  • Boundary spanning
  • Construction industry

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