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Impacts of Web-Based Collaboration in Managerial Control and Work Practices: The Case of Introducing a Web-Based Collaboration Platform in a Construction Consortium

Impacts of Web-Based Collaboration in Managerial Control and Work Practices: The Case of Introducing a Web-Based Collaboration Platform in a Construction Consortium
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Author(s): Athanasios Nikas (Athens University of Economics & Business, Greece) and Angeliki Poulymenakou (Athens University of Economics & Business, Greece)
Copyright: 2005
Pages: 4
Source title: Managing Modern Organizations Through Information Technology
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-822-2.ch002

Abstract

The focus of this paper is on the implementation of collaboration technologies in the context of the construction industry. Our empirical setting involves the introduction of a web-based collaboration platform for improving project management and control in a construction consortium, constituted of geographically dispersed organisations. The main objectives of this study have been to investigate how collaborative technology mediates in complex processes (task allocation, time scheduling, coordination of the building process) and how it contributes to the co-ordination among the multiple organizations (prime contractor, contractors and their various sub-contractors) participating in the consortium.

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