Factors influencing the deployment of innovative (ict) facilities by construction organisations in port Harcourt, Nigeria

Hafex Ikemefuna Onyejeakor, Emmanuel Chidiebere Eze, Onyealilam Peter Onyeagam, Adesoji Anthony Adegboyega

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Abstract

Data management and exchange of information within contractor organization or between contractors and/or consultant or clients are facilitated through effective information and communication technologies (ICTs) facility provisions.  Information exchange happens in real time and jobs made easier through the use of electronic devices. In spite of the huge data generation and information exchange needs of construction contractors, they are still faced with the challenge of adopting ICT in their daily transactions. Thus, this research set out to assess the factors influencing innovative ICT facilities deployment in contracting firms in Port Harcourt. The study adopted a survey approach, in which quantitative data were gathered from construction professionals within the study area, using of a well-structured questionnaire. With a response rate of 68.28%, the data gathered were analyzed using percentage and factor analysis.  The study reveals that the factors influencing the deployment of ICT in construction are; Change related issues, Security related concerns, Human and management related Concerns, and Cost related Concerns. Key among these factors are satisfaction with existing method of working, inadequate trained ICT professionals, inadequate knowledge about return on ICT investment, virus attack, security breach and fear of piracy, and lack of legal support for use of ICT. It was recommended that government should put legislation in place to make it mandatory for construction firms to make ICT an integral part of their service delivery.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1357-1380
Number of pages24
JournalIndependent Journal of Management & Production
Volume11
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2020
Externally publishedYes

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