Emerging technologies in the construction industry: challenges and strategies in Ghana

Ernest Kissi, Clinton Aigbavboa, Ewald Kuoribo

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Purpose: The momentous contribution of innovative technologies has made a significant impact in several sectors globally. However, the construction industry is undoubtedly lagging when it comes to technology usage. Thus, this study aims to explore the various emerging technologies in the construction industry while noticing stakeholders’ challenges and strategies in its use. Design/methodology/approach: The study used a pragmatism research philosophy together with a quantitative research strategy in determining emerging technologies in the construction industry while noticing stakeholder challenges and strategies. Data were obtained from a total of 80 construction stakeholders through a structured questionnaire survey. The analysis was done with descriptive statistics using mean score ranking and a one-sample t-test. Findings: Each emerging technology challenge was analysed and compared to see how pressing the challenges were as well as the aligned strategies. A key indication of this study is that the familiarity of the various emerging technologies was based on how many occasions one had an encounter with the technology. Practical implications: The discussion’s findings contribute to a better knowledge to construction stakeholders on the challenges and strategies for rising technology adoption and implementation competencies. Originality/value: The study reckoned stakeholders’ challenges on the emerging technologies in the construction industry context and recommended strategies to balloon the adoption of these emerging technologies in a developing country setting.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)383-405
Number of pages23
JournalConstruction Innovation
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 17 Feb 2023


  • Challenges
  • Construction industry
  • Developing countries
  • Emerging technologies
  • Stakeholders
  • Strategies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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