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An investigation of the factors that impact the intention to adopt and use mICT in the Libyan construction industry

Sheglabo, J., McGill, T. and Dixon, M. (2017) An investigation of the factors that impact the intention to adopt and use mICT in the Libyan construction industry. Journal of Construction in Developing Countries, 22 (1). pp. 55-74.

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Information technology has been identified as a vital means for supporting construction project processes, yet the level of adoption in the construction industry has been low relative to other sectors. Mobile Information and communications technology (mICT) allows people to access information from wherever they are, and as work in the construction industry is mainly fieldwork, with workers being highly mobile, mICT holds promise for the sector, particularly in developing countries. The aim of the study reported in this paper was to investigate factors that could impact stakeholders’ adoption of mICT in the Libyan construction industry. A model of mICT adoption was developed, and tested using data collected from a survey of 202 construction industry stakeholders from 15 companies in Libya. The analysis was undertaken using structural equation modelling. It was found that perceived usefulness and ease of use are important in determining intention to adopt mICT, and that they are influenced by self - efficacy and facilitating conditions. The cost of technology was not found to be a barrier to adoption. Recommendations are made to the construction industry in Libya and relevant government authorities, in order to help improve awareness of the potential of mICT and to help improve potential users’ self-efficacy.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Engineering and Information Technology
Publisher: Penerbit Universiti Sains Malaysia
Copyright: © 2016 Penerbit Universiti Sains Malaysia
United Nations SDGs: Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
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