Influencers for Adoption of Robots in Indian Construction Industry: An Empirical Study

Influencers for Adoption of Robots in Indian Construction Industry: An Empirical Study

Sachin Jain (National Institute of Construction Management and Research, Pune, India) and Milind T. Phadtare (School of General Management, National Institute of Construction Management and Research, Pune, India)
Copyright: © 2016 |Pages: 23
DOI: 10.4018/IJTD.2016040102
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Abstract

Robots are developed for various construction processes and used in countries such as the USA, Japan and China. However, their adoption in India is very limited due to weaknesses in the construction sector. The Indian construction industry is poised to grow at a faster rate due to planned investment. Robots will benefit construction industry by way of better productivity, quality, timely completion, etc. resulting in the growth of construction industry. This paper identifies the structure of influencers of adoption of robots in the Indian infrastructure construction sector using exploratory factor analsis. This structure was validated using confirmatory factor analysis. A total of 20 influencers are identified and grouped in eight factors. Based on these influencers, strategies are recommended to enhance adoption of robots in Indian infrastructure construction industry. Finally the authors identify the influencers that are common to India and other countries in Asia, America, Europe and Australia.
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Literature Review

The extant literature was reviewed and classified into four themes. The first theme reviewed the reasons for the low adoption of robots in the construction industry. The second theme reviewed the various applications of robots and the geographical areas in which they are used. The third theme reviewed the facilitators of adoption of robots and the last theme dealt with the influencers for the enhancing the use of robots.

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