Construction in the platform society: New directions for construction management research

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Abstract

An emerging aspect of digital transformation in industry relates to the rise of digital platforms. While examples such as Uber and Airbnb are well-known, technological platforms that seek to coordinate demand and supply-side actors in the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) sector are also developing. Examples include Wikihouse, Sidewalk Labs, and Bosch IoT Suite. Although there is a growing body of scholarship reviewing the concept of 'platforms', far less attention has been paid to reviewing studies of digital platforms in the AEC sector. This systematic review of 18 studies seeks to address this deficiency. The findings show that the focus has hitherto centred on engineering platforms, with researchers adding greater functionality to platforms in order to yield efficiencies in the production process. Current endeavours tend to be laboratory-based, with prototypes still to be tested in the real-world. In contrast to reviews in management and organisational studies, scholars of platforms in construction do not pay as much attention to the power of platforms as a strategic organising principle for coordinating markets. The review thus proposes a number of possible directions for construction management researchers to examine the strategic potential for platforms to drive competitive advantage in the AEC sector.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 36th Annual Conference 2020 (ARCOM 2020)
EditorsLloyd Scott, Christopher J. Neilson
Place of PublicationLeeds, UK
PublisherARCOM, Association of Researchers in Construction Management
Pages396-405
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-9955463-3-2
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event36th Annual Conference on Association of Researchers in Construction Management, ARCOM 2020 - Virtual, Online, United Kingdom
Duration: 7 Sep 20208 Sep 2020

Conference

Conference36th Annual Conference on Association of Researchers in Construction Management, ARCOM 2020
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityVirtual, Online
Period7/09/208/09/20

Keywords

  • Digital platforms
  • Disruptive innovation
  • Strategy
  • Systematic review

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