Moving Beyond 'Business as Usual'? Exploring Digital Transformation in the Swedish Construction Sector
Paper in proceeding, 2022

Digital transformation (DT) refers to a process of integrating digital technologies that will lead to new forms of relationship among actors; organisational processes; and business models. It is frequently portrayed as something that can improve; but also, potentially disrupt; the construction sector (CS) as we know it today. As DT requires distributed actions; collaboration; and coordination across inter-organisational
boundaries in the sector; we apply an ecosystem perspective to explore the current state of DT in 14 Swedish construction incumbent firms. Findings show the need to address the heterogeneity of the actors; their respective roles; positions in the value chain. The sense of urgency to transform is highest for actors with business models based on selling hours. DT is mainly linked to incremental improvements regarding internal efficiency and cost reductions rather than exploitation of new business models. Finally, the role of leadership in the transformation process is rather absent and the actors take a more reactive role waiting for others to demand change.

digital transformation

digital business


disruptive innovation


Dilek Ulutas Duman

Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Construction Management

Martin Löwstedt

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Innovation and R&D Management

Viktoria Sundquist

Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Construction Management

In: Tutesigensi, A and Neilson, C J (Eds) Proceedings of the 38th Annual ARCOM Conference

38th annual conference 45-51

38th Annual ARCOM Conference
Glasgow, United Kingdom,

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Areas of Advance

Building Futures (2010-2018)


Subject Categories

Social Sciences Interdisciplinary

Construction Management

Business Administration

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