Delineating the people-related features required for construction digitalisation

Douglas Aghimien, Clinton Aigbavboa, Ayodeji Emmanuel Oke, John Aliu

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Purpose: Digitalisation, which involves the use of digital technologies in transforming an organisation’s activities, transcends just the acquiring of emerging digital tools. Having the right people to drive the implementation of these technologies and attaining strategic organisational goals is essential. While most studies have focused on the use of emerging technologies in the construction industry, less attention has been given to the ‘people’ dimension. Therefore, this study aims to assess the people-related features needed for construction digitalisation. Design/methodology/approach: The study adopted pragmatic thinking using a mixed-method approach. A Delphi was used to achieve the qualitative aspect of the research, while a questionnaire survey conducted among 222 construction professionals was used to achieve the quantitative aspect. The data gathered were analysed using frequency, percentage, mean item score, Kruskal–Wallis H test, exploratory factor analysis and confirmatory factor analysis. Findings: Based on acceptable reliability, validity and model fit indices, the study found that the people-related factors needed for construction digitalisation can be grouped into technical capability of personnel, attracting and retaining digital talent and organisation’s digital culture. Practical implications: The findings offer valuable benefits to construction organisations as understanding these identified people features can help lead to better deployment of digital tools and the attainment of the digital transformation. Originality/value: This study attempts to fill the gap in the shortage of literature exploring the people dimension of construction digitalisation. The study offers an excellent theoretical backdrop for future works on digital talent for construction digitalisation, which has gained less attention in the current construction digitalisation discourse.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-20
Number of pages20
JournalConstruction Innovation
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • Construction
  • Digital talent
  • Digital technologies
  • Digitalisation
  • Fourth Industrial Revolution

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • General Computer Science
  • Building and Construction
  • Architecture
  • Civil and Structural Engineering


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