Validating elements of competitive intelligence for competitive advantage of construction firms in Ghana: A Delphi study

Matthew Kwaw Somiah, Clinton Ohis Aigbavboa, Wellington Didibhuku Thwala

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to ascertain whether the elements of competitive intelligence (CI) found in other countries that impact competitive advantage are relevant to the Ghanaian construction industry (GCI). This Delphi study revealed 11 CI elements that impact competitive advantage of construction firms in Ghana. Intelligence of competitors’ risks and existing opportunities in the industry recorded very high impact (VHI: 9.00–10.00), while the nine other elements recorded high impact (HI: 7.00–8.99) on the competitive advantage of construction firms. The study found that the elements of CI that impact construction firms’ competitive advantage include intelligence on clients’ bargaining power, fragmentation rate of the industry, and existing technologies in the industry. These elements of competitive intelligence are similar to those of other countries. It is recommended that intelligence on competitors’ risks and existing opportunities in the industry should be prioritized in CI gathering. This study informs industry stakeholders of the elements of CI that impact construction firms’ competitive advantage.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)377-386
Number of pages10
JournalAfrican Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development
Volume13
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Keywords

  • Ghana
  • competitive advantage
  • competitive intelligence
  • construction industry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Development
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Networks and Communications

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