Practitioners deconstructing and reconstructing practices when responding to the implementation of BIM

Anne Kokkonen*, Pauli Alin

*Corresponding author for this work

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When managers are implementing change, practitioners are sometimes seen as the receivers of the change. However, practitioners often need to actively create the changes to daily practices because managers might not be familiar with the practices. Building information modelling (BIM), an important driver of organizational change, requires change not only by bringing new technology into use but also to the practices of collaboration between different professions. In their daily work, practitioners can create new practices through reflective learning. We have a limited understanding of how practitioners are actively involved in a change through reflective learning when implementing BIM. To address this limitation, we conducted a qualitative case study. Our primary data consist of interviews, which were analysed with insights from philosophy. We identified two methods of reflective learning from the data: deconstruction and reconstruction. Deconstruction occurs when the new requirements for the practices are based on different ideas of work, which asks practitioners to change their old ideas before creating new practices. Reconstruction does not necessarily require changes to the basic ideas of work but changes are seen more as improvements. Our research contributes to construction management literature by linking the reflective learning of practitioners to the change caused by BIM.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)578-591
Number of pages14
JournalConstruction Management and Economics
Issue number7-8
Publication statusPublished - 14 Apr 2016
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Building information modelling
  • change
  • learning
  • practitioner
  • reflect.


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