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Strategic Management of Information Technology in the Construction Industry: Case Study of a Developing Country

Strategic Management of Information Technology in the Construction Industry: Case Study of a Developing Country
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Author(s): Chandra Bhuta (Victoria University of Technology, Australia), Samir Shah (The Pennsylvania State University, USA) and M. Sapri Pamulu (Hasanuddin University, Indonesia)
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.ch147

Abstract

This paper presents findings of a research project, which explores the current use of information technology (IT) in the Indonesian construction Industry. The findings are based on a survey questionnaire taken between December 2002 and April 2003 among 250 construction companies registered in the National Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) of Indonesia. The CIDB has listed and classified these companies as B category or large company. A total of 48 valid replies were received, representing a response rate of 38%. The survey includes IT environment and management use of software, hardware, internet applications, staff competency, investment in IT, benefits gained and problems associated with its implementation, and an assessment of the exploitation of IT for business strategic purposes. The paper also suggests to aggressively pushing for a need for the relevant government initiatives that would increase strategic use and adoption of IT. Government and public agencies should consider policies that encourage the use of IT in the construction industry, thus making this industry sector more competitive.

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