Temporary interorganisational collaboration practices in construction design - the use of 3D-IT
Paper in proceedings, 2014
Literature has studied how new information technology can influence routines and practices. However, few studies discuss how practices are impacted in a temporary interorganizational cooperation project. In this paper, the main question is how 3D modeling IT influences temporary intergoranizational cooperation practices in the Architecture Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry. The study has focused on four projects in the AEC industry that work in the design phase and in which multiple firms and disciplines are involved for a short period of time to deliver a design. The study is a comparative case study analysis based on interview material (25 interviews) and observations (22 hours). The study contributes to literature in three ways: (1) the study gives an insight in practices concerning how 3D-modelling IT is a boundary object primarily during meetings, but not outside the project meetings or over multiple project boundaries (2) Boundary objects are used in combination with other artifacts. (3) Within the meetings (face-to-face and online meetings) the 3D-modelling IT supports crossing multiple spaces.