The Role of Network the Impact of Information Technology on Business Strategy Development in Construction Companies

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UNIVERSITY OF LJUBLJANA FACULTY OF ECONOMICS

MASTER’S THESIS
The Impact of Information Technology on Business Strategy Development in Construction Companies Case Study of SCT and Mota-Engil

Ljubljana, September 2007

Damir Mesarić

IZJAVA Študent Damir Mesarić izjavljam, da sem avtor tega magisterskega dela, ki sem ga napisal pod mentorstvom dr. Aleša Groznika ter somentorstvom dr. Tomaža Čaterja in skladno s 1. odstavkom 21. člena Zakona o avtorskih in sorodnih pravicah dovolim objavo magisterskega dela na fakultetnih spletnih straneh.

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Table of Contents 1 INTRODUCTION .................................................................................................................. 1 1.1 Problem description.......................................................................................................... 1 1.2 Purpose and objectives of master thesis ........................................................................... 2 1.3 Research questions ........................................................................................................... 3 1.4 Methodology .................................................................................................................... 3 1.5 Master thesis’ structure .................................................................................................... 5

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CONCEPT REVIEW: THEORIES AND PRACTICES ........................................................ 6 2.1 Information age ................................................................................................................ 6 2.1.1 Data, information and knowledge ............................................................................. 9 2.1.2 Information technology ........................................................................................... 10 2.1.3 Chief information officer ........................................................................................ 10 2.2 Business strategy and IT strategy ................................................................................... 11 2.2.1 Business strategy ..................................................................................................... 12 2.2.2 IT strategy ............................................................................................................... 14 2.2.3 Alignment of business and IT strategy ................................................................... 20 2.3 Construction sector overview ......................................................................................... 23 2.3.1 Construction in European Union ............................................................................ 28 2.3.2 Construction in Slovenia ......................................................................................... 30 2.3.3 Construction in Portugal ......................................................................................... 32 2.4 IT in construction ........................................................................................................... 33 2.4.1 History of IT use in construction ............................................................................ 33 2.4.2 The benefits of IT usage in construction................................................................. 35 2.4.3 Barriers of IT adoption and usage in construction .................................................. 35 2.4.4 Emerging trends in IT R&D for construction sector .............................................. 36 3 CASE STUDY ANALYSIS ................................................................................................. 39 3.1 Methodology of case study research .............................................................................. 39 3.2 Case study 1: SCT .......................................................................................................... 41 3.2.1...
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