Digital leadership framework to support firm-level digital transformations for Construction 4.0

Barry Gledson*, Sambo Lyson Zulu, Ali M. Saad, Hazel Ponton

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PurposeAgainst a background context of Construction 4.0, this study aims to explore what digital leadership in construction firms is, why it is necessary and what considerations it involves. It provides a digital leadership considerations framework to aid organisational digital transformations.
Design/methodology/approachTo address the research question informing what digital leadership involves, an interpretivist study was conducted. Eleven purposively selected expert practitioners, including construction business leaders and company digital champions were surveyed using in-depth semi-structured interviews. This obtained insights and reflections on how construction leaders can impel digital transformations.
FindingsHow construction leaders can embed the skills to drive such transformation in their firms, what the essential digital skills for construction businesses now are in Construction 4.0 and how leaders can attempt to evaluate the value of digital technology for their business practices, are all crystallised. Impacts of digital transformations on the construction workplace are also highlighted.
Practical implicationsBecause of this work, business leaders will be better equipped to lead and support further digital transformation efforts in Construction 4.0. Future research directions aid academics.
Originality/valueClear definitions of digital transformation and digital leadership are provided, and a digital leadership considerations framework is provided to support firm-level digital transformations for Construction 4.0.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)341-364
Number of pages24
JournalConstruction Innovation: Information, Process, Management
Issue number1
Early online date15 Sept 2023
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jan 2024

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