The use of information technology by the quantity surveying profession in Hong Kong

Qiping Shen, Jacky K H Chung

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Abstract

This paper introduces the findings of a recent study on the use of information technology (IT) among the quantity surveying (QS) organisations in Hong Kong. The study was conducted through a structured questionnaire survey among 18 QS organisations registered in Hong Kong, representing around 53% of the total number of organisations in the profession. The data set generated from this study provided rich information about what information technology the QS profession used, what the perceived benefits and barriers experienced by the users in the industry were. The survey concluded that although IT had been widely used in QS organisations in Hong Kong, it is mainly used to support various individual tasks of the QS services at a basic level, rather than to streamline the production of QS services as a whole through automation. Most of the respondents agreed that IT plays an important role in the QS profession but they had not fully taken advantage of IT to improve their competitive edge in the market. They usually adopted a more passive "wait and see" approach. In addition, very few QS organisations in Hong Kong have a comprehensive policy in promoting the use of IT within the organisations. It is recommended that the QS profession must recognise the importance of IT and take appropriate actions to meet the challenges of ever-changing and competitive market place.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)134-142
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Project Management
Volume25
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2007

Keywords

  • Hong kong
  • Information technology
  • Quantity surveying

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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