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Title: An exploratory study of information technology evaluation and benefits management practices of SMEs in the construction industry
Authors: Love, PED
Irani, Z
Keywords: Australia;Construction;IT benefits and costs;Evaluation;SMEs
Issue Date: 2004
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Information & Management. 42(1): 227–242
Abstract: While the number of articles on IT evaluation and benefits management has been substantial, limited attention has been given to these topics in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), particularly the construction industry. This paper presents findings from a questionnaire survey that sought to examine the approaches used by 126 construction organisations to evaluate and justify their IT investments, as well as the benefits and costs that they have experienced due to IT implementation. The analysis of their responses identified three key findings. Firstly, different organisation types significantly differ in the amount they invest in IT and their firm size (in terms of turnover and number of employees) does not influence investment levels in IT. Secondly, the evaluation process adopted by construction SMEs is used as for both control and learning. Thirdly, a major barrier to justifying IT investments was attributed to having no strategic vision. While organisations experienced no significant differences in the tactical and operational benefits incurred after the adoption of IT, differences were found with respect to the strategic benefits. If construction SMEs are to leverage the benefits of IT, then this should form an integral part of their business strategy. Considering this, recommendations for IT evaluation for construction SMEs that are also pertinent for SMEs operating in other industry sectors, are presented.
ISSN: 0378-7206
Appears in Collections:Business and Management
Brunel Business School Research Papers

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