Identifying and contextualising the motivations for BIM implementation in construction projectsAn empirical study in China

Dongping Cao, Heng Li, Guangbin Wang, Ting Huang

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Results of factor analysis with survey data collected from China provide support for the theoretically developed motivation model which classifies BIM implementation motivations into four categoriesimage motives, reactive motives, project-based economic motives, cross-project economic motives. Hierarchical regression results suggest that although project participants will have stronger economic motivations to improve project performances as their BIM capability matures, this increase in economic motivations does not necessarily require a parallel decrease of desires to improve social image. Regression results also suggest that BIM implementation motivations relate to organisational ownership type and project characteristics. The findings contribute to a broadened understanding of the multi-dimensionality and dynamics of construction organisations' innovation implementation motivations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)658-669
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Project Management
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2017


  • Building information modelling (BIM)
  • Construction projects
  • Innovation diffusion
  • Innovation implementation motivations
  • Institutional theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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