BIM adoption within Australian Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs): an innovation diffusion model

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Hosseini, M.R., Banihashemi, S., Chileshe, N., Namzadi, M.O., Udeaja, C., Rameezdeen, R. and McCuen, T. (2016). BIM adoption within Australian Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs): an innovation diffusion model. Australian Journal of Construction Economics and Buildings. 16 (3), pp. 71-86. https://doi.org/10.5130/AJCEB.v16i3.5159
AuthorsHosseini, M.R., Banihashemi, S., Chileshe, N., Namzadi, M.O., Udeaja, C., Rameezdeen, R. and McCuen, T.
Abstract

Despite the envisaged benefits of BIM adoption for SMEs, BIM in SMEs has remained an
underrepresented area within the available academic literature. This study proposes and draws
upon a framework grounded on innovation diffusion theory (IDT) to provide an illuminating
insight into the current state of BIM and the main barriers to BIM adoption within Australian
SMEs. Based on analyses of 135 questionnaires completed by SMEs through partial least squares
structural equation modelling (PLS-SEM) and grounded on the proposed framework, the current
state of BIM adoption and barriers to BIM adoption for SMEs are discussed. The findings show
that currently around 42% of Australian SMEs use BIM in Level 1 and Level 2 with only around
5% have tried Level 3. It comes to light that lack of knowledge within SMEs and across the
construction supply chain is not a major barrier for Australian SMEs. In essence, the main
barriers stem from the risks associated with an uncertain return on investment (ROI) for BIM as
perceived by key players in SMEs. The findings also show the validity of the framework
proposed for explaining BIM adoption in Australian SMEs.

KeywordsBuilding information modelling (BIM), SMEs, Construction industry, Innovation diffusion, Australia.
Year2016
JournalAustralian Journal of Construction Economics and Buildings
Journal citation16 (3), pp. 71-86
PublisherUTS ePress
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.5130/AJCEB.v16i3.5159
Web address (URL)https://epress.lib.uts.edu.au/journals/index.php/AJCEB/article/view/5159
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