Ordering in disguise: digital integration in built-environment practices

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Cidik, M., Boyd, D and Thurairajah, N (2017). Ordering in disguise: digital integration in built-environment practices. Building Research & Information.
AuthorsCidik, M., Boyd, D and Thurairajah, N
Abstract

The digital integration of built-environment practices aims to bridge a large variety of organizations to improve building delivery and operation. However, recent research on building information modelling (BIM) reported organizational challenges arising from digital integration. This suggests a need to develop a critical perspective on digital-integration-driven organizational change. Adopting a practice-based approach, this paper exposes the practice-level phenomenon responsible for the ongoing change to develop a critical understanding and enable better interventions. The concepts of ‘simplification’ and ‘systematization’ of digital integration are developed from previous literature and then used to explore and interrelate the practice-level experiences of digital integration (i.e. the experience of the change from within) and the emerging patterns of interactions (i.e. the picture of the change from outside) in a BIM-enabled design project. The concept of ‘ordering in disguise’ is proposed to capture this phenomenon. It shows that practitioners experience digital integration as various task-specific instances of unresponsive technology. However, they are unaware that their ongoing efforts to accommodate it actually further reinforce digital integration’s simplification and systematization. This makes the unresponsiveness of technology harder to challenge, and ultimately forces the organization to change and adapt to it. Implications for management of practice are outlined.

Keywordsbuilding information modelling (BIM),; digital technologies; organizational management; socio-technical; technological change; technology policy; 1201 Architecture; 1202 Building; Building & Construction
Year2017
JournalBuilding Research & Information
PublisherTaylor & Francis
ISSN0961-3218
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1080/09613218.2017.1309767
Publication dates
Print11 May 2017
Publication process dates
Deposited22 May 2017
Accepted20 Mar 2017
Accepted author manuscript
License
CC BY 4.0
File Access Level
Open
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