The paper evaluates a public R&D programme on IT in Construction. The particular programme theory is presented. We identify the vision, the means and the awaited effects of the programmes and analyse on the background of other public development programs how this one might work. We use innovation network theory to establish the point that the program theory and its initial program coalition is weaved into a political process, that makes the development a emergent process of network building. Some of the main elements of the program are: There is no funding for developing new software. Rather the program supports the development of basic structures and guidelines in electronic tendering, classification of building data, lifecycle data management and other aspects of digital construction. Moreover a central driver in the programme is assumed to be three major professional state clients. These three clients of buildings cooperates with the consortia established in the programme and the assumption is that the construction sector actors will engage in developing a basis for a future legislated digital interaction with the public clients. The funding is in the same spirit limited (a total of 4 millions £) in combination with an estimated auto-financing of 30%. The main idea is moreover to adopt existing and developed generic software in the programme and configure this to support the developed basis. The program is developing a particular version of state driven development, namely one drawing on the power of the purchaser.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of the Twentieth Annual Conference of Association of Researchers in Construction Management.|
|Number of pages||730|
|Place of Publication||Reading|
|Publisher||ARCOM, Association of Researchers in Construction Management|
|ISBN (Print)||0 9534161 9 4|
|Publication status||Published - 2004|