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The Use of Collaborative Technologies within SMEs in Construction: Case Study Approach

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Ahmed, Vian and Aisha Abuelmaatti. "The Use of Collaborative Technologies within SMEs in Construction: Case Study Approach." Cases on E-Readiness and Information Systems Management in Organizations: Tools for Maximizing Strategic Alignment. IGI Global, 2012. 200-221. Web. 21 Dec. 2014. doi:10.4018/978-1-61350-311-9.ch009

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Ahmed, V., & Abuelmaatti, A. (2012). The Use of Collaborative Technologies within SMEs in Construction: Case Study Approach. In M. Alshawi, & M. Arif (Eds.) Cases on E-Readiness and Information Systems Management in Organizations: Tools for Maximizing Strategic Alignment (pp. 200-221). Hershey, PA: Business Science Reference. doi:10.4018/978-1-61350-311-9.ch009

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Ahmed, Vian and Aisha Abuelmaatti. "The Use of Collaborative Technologies within SMEs in Construction: Case Study Approach." In Cases on E-Readiness and Information Systems Management in Organizations: Tools for Maximizing Strategic Alignment, ed. Mustafa Alshawi and Mohammed Arif, 200-221 (2012), accessed December 21, 2014. doi:10.4018/978-1-61350-311-9.ch009

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Abstract

Collaborative environments have been evolving and effectively employed in large organisations and are believed to have high potential for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). This chapter shares the findings of a case study that was conducted on twelve companies in order to assess the use of collaborative environments and their adaptation approaches through interviews with senior level managers and end-users. The need for such case studies has risen from an intensive literature review which revealed that SMEs are key players within the construction industry; however, there seems to be little evidence of their utilisation of IT for collaborative learning environments. Therefore, this calls for the necessity to developing an approach blending the right combination of factors which are believed to contribute towards the improvement and implementation of collaborative environments and may affect their success.
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Influencing Factors Relating To Implementing Collaboration Technology

The literature review on collaborative environment implementations has revealed a number of issues that need to be considered with respect to failure of IT related implementations and collaborative working. These were mainly related to how it is introduced to large organisations. In an attempt to improve SMEs performance in collaboration initiatives, fifteen of the issues that are said to likely influence the success of implementing collaborative environments have been identified for further discussion. Five of these focus on organisational dimension and are interlinkedm, namely: process vision development, strategic planning, team working, decision making and perception in relation to change, risk management. Seven are socio-cultural in nature, namely: relationship, communication, empowerment, commitment, trust, mutuality and work attitudes. The other three are related to the legal aspect. These fifteen factors are classified into three alternative though complementary categories, namely: organisational, socio-cultural, and legal.

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Preface
Mustafa Alshawi, Mohammed Arif
Chapter 1
Mustafa Alshawi, Hafez Salleh
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Eric Lou, Hafez Salleh
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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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Hafez Salleh, Eric Lou
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Building for the Future: Systems Implementation in a Construction Organization
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Yasser Al Saleh, Eric Lou
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Banking for the Future: Starting Anew
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Yasser Al Saleh, Mohammed Arif
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David Rehak, Monika Grasseova
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Chapter 8
John Effah, Ben Light
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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
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Ayman Altameem, Mohamed Zairi
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Chapter 11
Masoud Mohammadian, Ric Jentzsch
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Intelligent Decision Making and Risk Analysis for IT Management Processes
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