Blockchain in the construction sector: a socio-technical systems framework for the construction industry

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Distributed ledger technologies (DLTs) including blockchain are
increasingly being investigated as a potential solution to address many of the
challenges hindering the construction industry’s performance such as collaboration, information sharing and intellectual property rights. Existing studies addressing blockchain applications within construction and the built environment have ignored the interrelation of social and technological dimensions. To address this gap, this paper proposes a multi-dimensional emergent framework for DLT adoption within the construction sector.

The framework was developed following a focus group discussion and took a
socio-technical systems approach that encompasses three dimensions: political,
social and technical. The framework was overlaid with an extensive set of
construction-related challenges and opportunities and identified a number of
associated agents across the dimensions. The structured and inter-connected
dimensions provided by the framework can be used by field researchers as a point of departure to investigate a range of research questions from political, social or technical perspectives.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Informatics and Computing in Civil and Construction Engineering
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the CIB W78 2018
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2018
Event35th CIB W78 2018 Conference: IT in Design, Construction, and Management - Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, United States
Duration: 1 Oct 20183 Oct 2018


Conference35th CIB W78 2018 Conference
Abbreviated titleCIB W78 '18
Country/TerritoryUnited States
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