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Building for the Future: Systems Implementation in a Construction Organization

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DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61350-311-9.ch004
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Salleh, Hafez and Eric Lou. "Building for the Future: Systems Implementation in a Construction Organization." Cases on E-Readiness and Information Systems Management in Organizations: Tools for Maximizing Strategic Alignment. IGI Global, 2012. 84-113. Web. 24 Apr. 2014. doi:10.4018/978-1-61350-311-9.ch004

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Salleh, H., & Lou, E. (2012). Building for the Future: Systems Implementation in a Construction Organization. In M. Alshawi, & M. Arif (Eds.) Cases on E-Readiness and Information Systems Management in Organizations: Tools for Maximizing Strategic Alignment (pp. 84-113). Hershey, PA: Business Science Reference. doi:10.4018/978-1-61350-311-9.ch004

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Salleh, Hafez and Eric Lou. "Building for the Future: Systems Implementation in a Construction Organization." In Cases on E-Readiness and Information Systems Management in Organizations: Tools for Maximizing Strategic Alignment, ed. Mustafa Alshawi and Mohammed Arif, 84-113 (2012), accessed April 24, 2014. doi:10.4018/978-1-61350-311-9.ch004

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Abstract

This chapter provides the IT readiness assessment for before and after scenarios of IT systems implementation in a construction consultancy company providing multi-disciplinary services for the construction industry throughout the United Kingdom. The services offered include building surveying, quantity surveying, project management, civil and structural engineering design, and mechanical and electrical engineering design, among others. On application of the maturity model it was found that the overall processes for managing information are improving since the introduction of the new IT system. Prior to the project, the development of IT/IS was driven to perform daily work tasks that required the company to run a business. The new systems has streamlined the organization-wide communication, which the previous system did not have the capability to do, and to reduce cost for document reproduction. The level of IT skills prior to the project was relatively low; the introduction of the new system has helped the company to increase their staff’s IT skills.
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Organization B is a construction consultancy company providing multi-disciplinary services for the construction industry throughout the United Kingdom. The services offered include building surveying, quantity surveying, project management, civil and structural engineering design and mechanical and electrical engineering design, among others. Organization BBBBB was established in 1941 and operates from their offices in four different cities. The organization turned into a Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) in April 2006, with an annual estimated turnover of £12 million. Organization BBBBB employs 220 staff across 4 offices, of which 120 staff are located at the Head Quarters of the company. No specific department exists in their organizational structure. Instead, the organization operates in groups, but not strictly by discipline. For example, one group consists of multiple disciplines, and anyone can be a group leader. The disciplines are as follows: Building Surveyor, Quantity Surveyor, Project Manager, Employers Agent, Architect, CAD, Mechanical and Electrical Engineers, Civil and Structural Engineers, Planning Supervisors. There are three layers of management within Organization BBBBB’s organization structure; The Executive Group, The Senior Management Group and The Practice Group. Organization BBBBB’s organization structure is shown in Figure 1.

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Organization BBBBB’s organizational structure

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Table of Contents
Preface
Mustafa Alshawi, Mohammed Arif
Chapter 1
Mustafa Alshawi, Hafez Salleh
This chapter explains the concept of an IT/IS readiness maturity model including particular requirements in terms of four domains, embracing nine... Sample PDF
IT/IS Readiness Maturity Model
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Chapter 2
Eric Lou, Hafez Salleh
Higher education sector is notorious for lagging behind the industrial sector in the application of IT/IS systems and infrastructure. This chapter... Sample PDF
Readiness in Systems Implementation: Lessons from the Higher Education Sector
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Chapter 3
Hafez Salleh
Construction sector is unique in a way because more than 90% companies are Small and Medium Sized Enterprise (SME). This chapter presents a case... Sample PDF
Improving the Tendering Process: A Construction Organization Perspective
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Chapter 4
Hafez Salleh, Eric Lou
This chapter provides the IT readiness assessment for before and after scenarios of IT systems implementation in a construction consultancy company... Sample PDF
Building for the Future: Systems Implementation in a Construction Organization
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Chapter 5
Yasser Al Saleh, Eric Lou
This chapter presents the case of a bank that was established in late 1973 by an initiative from the Government, as a joint venture between the... Sample PDF
Banking for the Future: Starting Anew
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Chapter 6
Yasser Al Saleh, Mohammed Arif
This case study revolves around a governmental public service institution, which receives public and government money that it invests. There were... Sample PDF
E-Readiness in Governmental Public Service Institution: Lessons Learnt
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Chapter 7
David Rehak, Monika Grasseova
The chapter is focused mainly on assessing the factors of the external environment in the area of security of information systems in the... Sample PDF
The Ways of Assessing the Security of Organization Information Systems through SWOT Analysis
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Chapter 8
John Effah, Ben Light
The purpose of this study is to understand a small e-support firm’s response to the local e-readiness and the global e-business environment in a... Sample PDF
An E-Support Firm’s Response to Local E-Readiness and the Global E-Business Environment
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Chapter 9
Vian Ahmed, Aisha Abuelmaatti
Collaborative environments have been evolving and effectively employed in large organisations and are believed to have high potential for Small and... Sample PDF
The Use of Collaborative Technologies within SMEs in Construction: Case Study Approach
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Chapter 10
Ayman Altameem, Mohamed Zairi
This study is an attempt to bridge the gap in the existing literature by exploring the critical factors that affect IT adoption through a... Sample PDF
E-Readiness in IT/IS Implementation: A Benchmarking Analysis Based on 100 Case Studies
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Chapter 11
Masoud Mohammadian, Ric Jentzsch
IT management processes have been growing as the development of modern IT systems has grown. These are often complex with multiple interdependencies... Sample PDF
Intelligent Decision Making and Risk Analysis for IT Management Processes
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