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BUILDING INFORMATION MODELING (BIM) CULTURAL AND STRATEGIC CAPABILITIES FOR DIGITILISATION IN CONSTRUCTION FIRMS
  • Kudirat ZAKARIYYAH,
  • Iniobong John,
  • Irewolede IJAOLA
Kudirat ZAKARIYYAH
University of Lagos
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Iniobong John
University of Lagos Faculty of Environmental Sciences
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Irewolede IJAOLA
Yaba College of Technology
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Abstract

As digitilisation is being applied in redefining products and business models world-wide, evidence abound in the construction industry as a sector that is slow to its adoption. While digitilisation tools have been applied in modifying processes/procedures in the global North; a larger percentage of the sector in the global South is yet to be disrupted. For indigenous firms to join the rapid transformation wheel, this study reviews the interrelationship between digitilisation and building information modeling. The study objectives are to examine the prevalence of cultural and strategic capability, evaluate the relationship between cultural orientation and strategic capability as well as predict a model of building information adoption from culture and strategy. The study population was drawn from the list of construction firms registered with the Lagos State Tender board, list of registered construction firms from the Institute and specific listed firms on the internet. Factor Analysis, Correlation and Regression were the adopted statistical tools. The results revealed production; task and goal attainment; information/communication technology; workforce; innovation, learning and knowledge management as well as conflict and dispute resolution as the prevalent cultural orientations. The availability of resources to communicate, interact and collaborate digitally and leadership capability to organise and coordinate digitally are the top two strategic capabilities. Consequently, 3 out of every 5 firms have moderate awareness on BIM implementation. It was concluded that the level of agreement on the adoption of the culture and the strategy did not reflect on the level of BIM adoption model. Since the results revealed that the existing orientation and strategy contribute about a tenth of BIM adoption model; the firms’ leadership need cultural re-orientation from the client angle and from business environment. On strategy, the firms need support from institutions/government on policies that will cushion the effect of the provision of resources for transformation.