The new role for emerging digital technology to facilitate IPD and improve collaboration

A disruptive innovation perspective

Authored by: Sidney Newton , Russel Lowe , Steve Rowlinson , Derek H. T. Walker

Routledge Handbook of Integrated Project Delivery

Print publication date:  August  2019
Online publication date:  July  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138736689
eBook ISBN: 9781315185774
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In order to achieve integrated project delivery (IPD), traditional ways of contracting, working and the culture of the industry itself must change. Such transformational change invariably requires some form of catalyst (DeGroote and Lefever, 2016). The significance of construction to the global economy, the broadly ageing workforce, low productivity, high risk, accelerating costs, widespread vertical and horizontal organisational integration, and various other key factors might each provide the necessary impetus for change (Hong Kong Development Bureau, 2018). However, it is emerging digital technology that is set to disrupt the industry perhaps more than any other factor (World Economic Forum, 2018). Certainly emerging digital technologies will facilitate many of the key changes required for IPD to be realised (Kahvandi et al., 2017). However, this chapter focusses 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.

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