Dynamic capabilities for digitalisation in the AECO sector – a scientometric review

Douglas Aghimien, Clinton Ohis Aigbavboa, Ayodeji Emmanuel Oke, David Edwards, Wellington Didibhuku Thwala, Chris J. Roberts

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review

27 Citations (Scopus)


Purpose: A scientometric review of extant literature is conducted to define and delineate upon the enabling dynamic capabilities required to engender the digitalisation of organisations operating in the architecture, engineering, construction and operations (AECO) sector. A secondary aim sought to provide direction for future studies and theories to be tested in this novel field of investigation as well as stimulate wider polemic debate amongst industry stakeholders. Design/methodology/approach: An interpretivist philosophical stance and inductive approach was undertaken in this study, using a grounded theory strategy. Secondary data used was sourced from the Scopus journal database using specific related keywords. VOSviewer was used to prepare co-occurrence maps based on the bibliographic data gathered. Findings: AECO organisations that seek digitalisation must possess the capability to sense and seize opportunities and threats within the business environment and reconfigure their business processes to best meet their market demand. This can be achieved by improving on attributes relating to industrial management and strategic planning, organisational learning, enterprise resource management and innovative information technology. Future studies should target novel areas such as AECO organisations' ambidexterity and service innovation. Originality/value: This is the first study to explore the dynamic capabilities of AECO organisations in relation to digitalisation adoption. Therefore, the research serves as a robust theoretical background for signposting AECO organisations who seek to transition to digital solutions in the fourth industrial revolution.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1585-1608
Number of pages24
JournalEngineering, Construction and Architectural Management
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 8 Apr 2022


  • Competitive advantage
  • Construction digitalisation
  • Digital transformation
  • Dynamic capability
  • Industry 4.0

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Architecture
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • General Business,Management and Accounting


Dive into the research topics of 'Dynamic capabilities for digitalisation in the AECO sector – a scientometric review'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this