Status and gap identification on Technology adoption studies based on Technology innovation acceptance frameworks in construction

Emmanuel Eze*, Ernest Ameyaw

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Digital technologies adoption and acceptance in the construction industry is low and this has been blamed for the inefficiencies and poor productivity problems in the sector. The purpose of this study was to examine research on technology adoption in construction, with a focus on those based on technology acceptance frameworks (TAF), to understand the status and trends, and existing gaps and suggest future research direction. This study through scientometrics and content evaluation methods, reviewed 103 technology adoption studies in construction that have utilised any of the technology adoption(acceptance) models and theories. The Scopus database was used for the retrieval of bibliographic data and VOSviewer software was utilised in the science mapping of knowledge. It was found that studies on technology adoption have maintained a continuous increase since 2009, and the Journal of Construction Engineering and Management (JCEM), Construction Innovation (CI) and Engineering Construction and Architectural Management (ECAM) were the prominent sources of these studies. A large proportion of the issues came from China, Australia, the USA, South Korea, and the UK, and Technology acceptance theory (TAM) and hybrid (TAM & TOE-technology organisation and environment) are the most utilised standalone theory and the hybrid models respectively. Building information modelling (BIM) is the most widely studies digital technology, and the larger percentage of the 103 studies focused on organisational and industry levels adoption. This study is limited to 103 data obtained from Scopus database. The leading outlets, authors and countries reported herein will help future researchers in the choice of collaboration and leading outlet to publish their works. The Recommendations were made for future studies to further propel technology innovation penetration in the construction sector.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages8
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 26 May 2024
EventThe Fourteenth International Conference on Construction in the 21st Century (CITC-14): Urban Environmental Problems - Challenges for the 21st Century - Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Duration: 2 Sept 20245 Sept 2024


ConferenceThe Fourteenth International Conference on Construction in the 21st Century (CITC-14)
CityRio de Janeiro
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