Transnational adaptation model for facilitating technology and expertise mobilisation in Gulf AEC organisations

Farzad Pour Rahimian, Jack Steven Goulding, Ashraf M. Salama, Steven Ruddock, Hatem Galal Abdelazim Ibrahim

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Abstract

The fragmented nature of the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) industry is well recognised, the main issues of which relate to failures in communication, process, productivity and interoperability. These failures have contributed to an increased proliferation of adversarial relationships between the different parties involved in projects, the result of which have deleteriously affected projects. Challenges include a range of issues, from the veracity of design information throughout the project lifecycle, through to supply chain communication. These are global issues. For example, in the Gulf States, the nature and complexity of AEC projects has changed significantly due to increased globalisation and the emergence of enmeshed transnational practices. This has created an overwhelming reliance on the mobilisation and transfer of technology/expertise of professional expatriates, which has influenced the approach taken to traditional design and construction business models, including staff roles and procedures. New knowledge and ways of working are needed to support future projects in the Gulf States. There is also a requirement to capture and codify domain-specific expertise. This paper discusses the need to enhance Qatar's AEC industry by fostering a smooth transition from its current position, into a more sustainable [replicable] state. The philosophical underpinnings of this paper take into account disparate socio-cultural, environmental and economic impacts of change, in terms of business models, technology, innovation, labour market needs, local laws/bylaws, and legislation. A theoretical growth model is presented for discussion. This builds on the experience of the UK (in particular) in terms of facilitating the mobility and penetration of technology/expertise/change in the AEC sectors. This paper presents a series of recommendations needed to develop a Pervasive Transnational Adaptation model for Qatar and the Gulf States, covering such issues as: ICT adoption, agile project management, technology-transfer, innovation, offsite construction, Public Private Partnerships, capacity building, and international strategic alliances.
Original languageEnglish
Pages183-186
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jul 2015
EventInternational Conference on Innovative Production and Construction (IPC 2015) - Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Duration: 28 Jul 201531 Jul 2015

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ConferenceInternational Conference on Innovative Production and Construction (IPC 2015)
CountryAustralia
CityPerth, Western Australia
Period28/07/1531/07/15

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Construction industry
Innovation
Technology transfer
Communication
Project management
Interoperability
Supply chains
Industry
Productivity
Personnel
Economics

Keywords

  • productivity and workforce issues
  • AEC
  • transnational adaptation
  • expertise mobilisation
  • technology mobilisation
  • innovation
  • gulf states
  • Qatar

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Rahimian, F. P., Goulding, J. S., Salama, A. M., Ruddock, S., & Ibrahim, H. G. A. (2015). Transnational adaptation model for facilitating technology and expertise mobilisation in Gulf AEC organisations. 183-186. Paper presented at International Conference on Innovative Production and Construction (IPC 2015), Perth, Western Australia, Australia.
Rahimian, Farzad Pour ; Goulding, Jack Steven ; Salama, Ashraf M. ; Ruddock, Steven ; Ibrahim, Hatem Galal Abdelazim. / Transnational adaptation model for facilitating technology and expertise mobilisation in Gulf AEC organisations. Paper presented at International Conference on Innovative Production and Construction (IPC 2015), Perth, Western Australia, Australia.4 p.
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Rahimian, FP, Goulding, JS, Salama, AM, Ruddock, S & Ibrahim, HGA 2015, 'Transnational adaptation model for facilitating technology and expertise mobilisation in Gulf AEC organisations' Paper presented at International Conference on Innovative Production and Construction (IPC 2015), Perth, Western Australia, Australia, 28/07/15 - 31/07/15, pp. 183-186.

Transnational adaptation model for facilitating technology and expertise mobilisation in Gulf AEC organisations. / Rahimian, Farzad Pour; Goulding, Jack Steven; Salama, Ashraf M.; Ruddock, Steven; Ibrahim, Hatem Galal Abdelazim.

2015. 183-186 Paper presented at International Conference on Innovative Production and Construction (IPC 2015), Perth, Western Australia, Australia.

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