Change of Value Networks due to Data Use and Digitalization in the Construction Sector

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Type and Duration

PhD-Thesis, February 2018 until January 2022 (finished)


Hilti Chair of Business Process Management

Main Research

Business Process Management

Field of Research

Process Management


Digitalization has led to tremendous effects on nearly all aspects of human life within the last decades. In the corporate world, these impacts become apparent, when considering that the world's most valuable companies originated mainly from the oil and gas sector ten years ago, whereas the current most valuable companies rely on digital business models. While sectors such as media and finance already reached high degrees of digitalization, remains the construction sector at the bottom of the list. Recently, Building Information Modelling (BIM) emerged as a promising method to digitalize all phases of a building's lifecycle and the collaboration and communication of all involved stakeholders. Scholars and practitioners have already identified the numerous advantages that come with the usage of BIM. However, there is indication that BIM will enable entirely new ways of value creation in the construction sector, which yet remain unexplored.
This dissertation project aims to identify novel opportunities of action to create value in the construction sector and to quantify their impact. To achieve these goals, a case study will be conducted to understand the concept of BIM through the lens of different stakeholder groups, followed by multiple quantitative studies, wherein the human interaction with selected BIM-enabled IT artefacts is studied in more detail. This research endeavor is intended to create valuable contributions to the IS community, as well as fruitful insights for local businesses in the process of digital transformation.


digital transformation, Building Information Modeling (BIM), Mixed Methods