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Implementing IT Business Strategy in the Construction Industry

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Technology development has provided fundamental benefits of speed, precision, and convenience to common business strategies; providing not only a means for functional integration, but also an opportunity to enhance competitive capability of a business firm. Implementing IT Business Strategy in the Construction Industry brings together topics on understanding business strategy and competitive advantage, as well as essential benefits of concepts and technologies for improving efficiency of the construction industry. This reference source is directed toward researchers, policy-makers, practitioners, undergraduate, and postgraduate students, in order to gain insights into the complex workings of the traditional construction industry and the concepts and tools used to facilitate a strategically IT enabled industry.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Book Series
  5. Dedication
  6. Preface
  7. Acknowledgment
  8. Section 1: Understanding Business Strategy and Competitive Advantage
    1. Chapter 1: Strategic Planning and Strategy
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. DEFINING STRATEGY
      3. COMPETITION AND STRATEGY
      4. STRATEGIC PLANNING AND PROCESS MANAGEMENT
      5. TYPES OF STRATEGY
      6. BUSINESS AND CORPORATE STRATEGIES IN CONSTRUCTION
      7. CONCLUSION
    2. Chapter 2: Competitive Advantage
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. TRADITIONAL COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGES
      3. INFORMATION AND COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE
      4. NEO-CLASSIC COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGES
      5. SUSTAINABLE COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE
      6. COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE IN CONSTRUCTION
      7. CONCLUSION
  9. Section 2: The Need for Change in the Construction Industry
    1. Chapter 3: The Construction Industry and Standardization of Information
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. TRADITIONAL PRACTICES OF THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY
      3. PROBLEMS OF THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY
      4. TYPES OF INFORMATION
      5. INFORMATION MANAGEMENT
      6. CONCLUSION
    2. Chapter 4: Change through Innovation and Customer-Orientation
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. NATURE OF INNOVATION AND ITS PROCESS
      3. INNOVATION IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY
      4. CLIENT-DRIVEN INNOVATION
      5. TECHNOLOGY-BASED INNOVATION
      6. INNOVATION AND COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE
      7. ISSUES ON CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY
      8. MANAGING CHANGE
      9. CONCLUSION
  10. Section 3: New Management Concepts and Technologies to Improve Efficiency of the Construction Industry
    1. Chapter 5: Knowledge Management
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. CONCEPTS OF KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT
      3. TYPES OF KNOWLEDGE
      4. COMMUNICATION
      5. LEARNING
      6. KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT AND INNOVATION
      7. CONCLUSION
    2. Chapter 6: Business Process Re-Engineering
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. DEFINING BUSINESS PROCESS RE-ENGINEERING
      3. TYPES OF BUSINESS PROCESS
      4. PROCESS INNOVATION AND INTEGRATION VIA IT/INTERNET
      5. IT AND THE DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION PROCESS
      6. BUILDING INFORMATION MODELS (BIM) AND PROCESS IMPROVEMENTS
      7. CONCLUSION
    3. Chapter 7: Current and Emerging IT Tools and Applications
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. NEW TECHNOLOGIES FOR INFORMATION MANAGEMENT
      3. FUNDAMENTALS OF CURRENT AND EMERGING IT TOOLS
      4. APPLICATIONS OF ELECTRONIC DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS
      5. APPLICATIONS OF ENTERPRISE RESOURCE PLANNING FOR SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT
      6. APPLICATIONS OF PROJECT EXTRANET
      7. APPLICATIONS OF VISUALIZATION
      8. APPLICATIONS OF VIRTUALIZATION
      9. APPLICATIONS OF MOBILE TECHNOLOGY
      10. APPLICATIONS OF SENSOR TECHNOLOGY
      11. CONCLUSION
  11. Section 4: The Strategic IT-Enabled Construction Industry
    1. Chapter 8: Concepts of Strategic Alignment of IT and Business
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. STRATEGIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS PLANNING
      3. BASIC CONCEPTS OF ALIGNMENT
      4. SOME MODELS FOR STRATEGIC ALIGNMENT
      5. THE STRATEGIC ALIGNMENT MODEL (SAM)
      6. ALIGNMENT PERSPECTIVES
      7. DOMAINS
      8. APPLYING DOMAINS TO THE ALIGNMENT PERSPECTIVES
      9. CASE STUDIES OF STRATEGIC ALIGNMENT OF IT AND BUSINESS
      10. CONCLUSION
    2. Chapter 9: The State of Business and IT Alignment in the Singapore Construction Industry
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. BACKGROUND
      3. THE NEED FOR A STRATEGIC USE OF IT
      4. THE STRUCTURE OF SINGAPORE’S CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY
      5. A BRIEF REVIEW OF THE STRATEGIC ALIGNMENT MODEL (SAM)
      6. DEFINITION OF PURPOSE AND OBJECTIVES OF STUDY
      7. METHODOLOGY FOR COLLECTION AND ANALYSIS OF DATA
      8. RESULTS AND MAIN FINDINGS
      9. CONCLUSION
    3. Chapter 10: The Implementation of IT Business Strategy in the Construction Industry
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. COMMON PROBLEMS OF IMPLEMENTING IT BUSINESS STRATEGY
      3. CRITICAL SUCCESS FACTORS OF IMPLEMENTING IT BUSINESS STRATEGY
      4. PREPARING FOR IT BUSINESS STRATEGY IMPLEMENTATION
      5. STRATEGIC IT IMPLEMENTATION AND PERFORMANCE EVALUATION IN CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS
      6. STRATEGIC IT ADOPTION IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY OF SINGAPORE
      7. IMPLEMENTING IT BUSINESS STRATEGY: THE CASE OF DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION FIRMS IN SINGAPORE
      8. CONCLUSION
  12. Compilation of References
  13. About the Contributors