Category: Contstruction

Privacy in e Business

The collection of information and data about people is a characteristic of e-business transactions. e-Business marketplaces and portals derive value from data mining activities. Construction companies engaged in e-business will have to manage multiple risks relating to privacy; some relate to personal privacy concerns about their own firms, and others relate to concerns about infringement. Construction […]

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Jurisdiction

Jurisdiction is a legal term describing which law is in effect at a given period of time and which court’s decisions will be legally binding. jurisdiction issues arise when parties dispute a contract and try to decide which court has jurisdiction over it. The problem is exacerbated by the fact that in an e-business contract, […]

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Types of legal risks

The legal risks of conducting business online change every day as new technologies are introduced to the market. These technologies pose important problems to legislators that need quick and effective solutions. The difference between the rates at which e-business technology develops to the rate at which legal framework and rules develop is substantial. Legal risks […]

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Legal issues

The hype for e-business in the construction industry is now over. With industry players already embracing the change, many are now shifting their focus towards the impact, or non-impact, that e-business has left in their businesses. e-Business applications in the construction industry are poised for restructuring as industry players have recognized that e-business will re-intermediate […]

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End-user Case Studies in e Business

With a view to capture end-user processes ‘before’ and ‘after’ using e-business applications, the drivers for e-business adoption, reasons for companies to engage in e-business, the skills and competence requirements, and the business benefits and limitations of e-business applications, case studies with end-users of Products A and B were conducted. Management level staff, such as senior project managers and IT […]

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Product Reviews

In the review process, Products A and B were reviewed for their scope and functionality. This provided an insight into the background, scope, functionality and other details of each application and helped to capture key company (ASP) and product-specific information. The next section gives a brief overview of Products A and B and illustrates with an example, the impact of […]

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End-user Construction Companies

Following the examples of other industry sectors, a small, but increasing number of construction organizations are beginning to adopt e-business for performance improvements and addressing the adversarial inter organizational relationships and fragmented processes. In the past few years, the UK construction industry has witnessed the emergence of a number of e-business applications to monitor, control, manipulate and store project information […]

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Node 4253 in BPR Model

The example demonstrated here illustrates opportunities for using e-business in construction processes. The example Node .4253 described is that of an innovative procurement process. Node 4253 incorporates the concept of using I-components for the door ordering process. The process of selecting a product supplier (in this case the door supplier) requires input from the client brief, door detail drawings […]

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BPR Model

To demonstrate the potential of using e-business in construction a representative BRR model was developed using the information channel (IC), one of the UK’s leading collaboration tools at the time (Construction Plus, 2001). This representative business process model provides an insight into how the then current working practices of the construction supply chain could be better managed using the IC. […]

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BPR for e-Business

Continuous demand for better performance and quality of services and products from customers and clients has forced industries to continually improve their work methods and hence their business processes, which are, at a basic level, a set of activities that transform inputs into outputs for another person or process using people and tools (ProSci, 2001). The process of changing business […]

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Processes of the Business Construction

The survey findings showed that in the early years of its adoption, the exact benefits of e-business in construction were not clear. The reality of the situation, however, was that in other industries e-business models had been considerably successful and the resulting automated processes were faster and more efficient than their traditional counterparts. The most successful example […]

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e-Business Adoption

An industry-wide survey conducted in late 2001/early 2002 attempted to identify the use of IT and e-business within the UK construction sector with the aim of identifying barriers, enablers and the potential of using e-business. It helped in identifying, examining and analyzing the industry-perspective on e-business adoption and helped in developing recommendations for the effective uptake of e-business within […]

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The Construction Context of e-Business

The level of uptake of e-business in construction varies from company to company and depends on a range of factors such as the type of the company, its role within the construction supply chain and the level of information and communication technology (ICT) competence, amongst others. The progression towards a ‘holistic’ approach to e-business adoption is gradual as companies […]

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