Modeling Information Dependencies in Construction Project Network Organizations

Pekeriçli, Mehmet Koray
Karaesmen, Itir
This ongoing study intends to explore and formalize the information dependency patterns in network forms of organizations in construction project management. In construction projects, information is critical for seamless and cost-effective operations. Communication of project information and coordination of information exchanges between different project participants are essential for a project's success. On the other hand, a better understanding of information dependencies between participants is of utmost importance for strategic choices on information technology (IT) applications since decisions on IT investments greatly influence the effectiveness of not only internal communications within a project team, but also the interactions of the project team with other project-related organizations. In this paper, we provide a case study to highlight the characteristics of information exchanges and dependencies in construction project organizations. We introduce approaches that are well-accepted by organization theorists in analyzing network organizations and assess their strengths and limitations in modeling information dependencies in construction projects. We focus specifically on dependency structure matrix, social network analysis and computational organization theory since these methodologies have been applied to construction project organizations. These methods, alone, have limitations in supporting decisions on investments regarding IT applications. We conclude with a research roadmap that highlights the research needs for modeling information dependencies within construction project organizations to enable effective IT investments.
Towards a Vision for Information Technology in Civil Engineering: Proceedings of the Fourth Joint International Symposium on Information Technology in Civil Engineering,15 - 16 Kasım 2003,


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Citation Formats
M. K. Pekeriçli and I. Karaesmen, “Modeling Information Dependencies in Construction Project Network Organizations,” Towards a Vision for Information Technology in Civil Engineering: Proceedings of the Fourth Joint International Symposium on Information Technology in Civil Engineering, Hashville, TN, Amerika Birleşik Devletleri, 15 - 16 Kasım 2003, 2003, p. 513, Accessed: 00, 2021. [Online]. Available: