Development of Firm Performance in the Malaysian Construction Industry: The Barriers to Success

By Farag H. Gaith, Khalim A. Rashid and Amiruddin Ismail.

Published by The Technology Collection

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A firm’s performance is generally taken to be its profitability or growth. This study sought to ascertain the effects of the main barriers to IT use on the performance by construction firms in Malaysia. The survey questionnaire used was designed to assess the respondents’ mindsets. Sixty eight firms were interviewed using the revealed preference (RP) technique. From the data collected, correlations were done between the various IT barriers studied using Pearson’s 2-tailed test for attitude and perception. To fully grasp the objective, 9 variables involved in IT use were assessed. The most important variables found to affect the construction firms’ performance were investment costs too high, greater know-how required from staff, reduced security, insufficient interest/commitment from the management, and general attitude that the old ways of doing things have worked well throughout the years and changes are unnecessary, both scoring 45.6% in the “important” scale. The barriers identified may allow new ideas to increase IT use. The resultant respondent’s perception is the result of a complex interaction between all the factors involved. Matrix correlations were performed to gauge the relationships among the variables.

Keywords: Development, Constriction Industry, Firm Performance, IT Use, Barriers

The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 5, Issue 4, pp.31-46. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.281MB).

Farag H. Gaith

PhD Student, Department of Civil and Structural Engineering, University Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia

Farag Hussan Gaith Diryag PhD, Conduct Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment Department of Civil and Structural Engineering Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.

Khalim A. Rashid

Director, Department for Development Management UKM, Director, Department for Development Management UKM, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, Department of Civil and Structural Engineering, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, University Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia

Associate Prof. Engr. Dr. Abdul Khalim Abdul Rashid BECivil(UTM), MS(Maryland), PhD(Birmingham) (Structural Engineering) BSc Civil Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 1979. MS Civil Engineering, University of Maryland, USA, 1985. PhD Structural Engineering, University of Birmingham, UK, 2000 Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment Department of Civil and Structural Engineering Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.

Prof. Amiruddin Ismail

Head of Sustainable Urban Transport Research Centre, Head of :, Sustainable Urban Transport Research Centre, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, Professor in Transportation Engineering (Traffic, Engineering), Department of Civil and Structural Engineering, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, University Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia

PROF ENGR DR AMIRUDDIN BIN ISMAIL Dip. Civil Engrg, MARA Inst. of Technology, M?sia (1979) BSc Civil Engrg, Point Park College, USA (1983) MSc Civil Engrg, Univ. of Pittsburgh, USA (1984) PhD Civil & Structural Engrg (Traffic Engrg), Univ. Keb. Malaysia, M?sia (2002) Head of : Sustainable Urban Transport Research Centre Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment Professor in Transportation Engineering (Traffic Engineering) Department of Civil and Structural Engineering Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.

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