The adoption of ICT in projectbased and traditional organizations: Evidence from Finnish and Swedish companies

Maqsood Sandhu, Mian Ajmal

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    Abstract

    Purpose – This research aims to investigate the adoption of electronic communication tools and seeks to shed more light on their diffusion process, a challenging task for projectbased (PBO) and traditional business organizations (TBO). Design/methodology/approach – The data for the study were collected through three surveys, one total population survey in the Finnish and Swedish house building industries representing traditional business organizations, together with a focused and a total population survey in projectbased organizations. Findings – The main findings from the survey indicate a difference in attitude between the employees of TBOs and PBOs. Moreover, electronic document management and scheduling were more prominent among PBOs, because these firms exhibit more interorganizational communication. Research limitations/implications – The findings are limited to projectbased and traditional business organizations. The research emphasises the fact that PBOs make more interfirm collaboration efforts and thus require more extensive communication systems for interorganizational links. Further research is needed in other industries to validate the present findings. Practical implications By looking at the use of ICT, the aim was to determine which ecommunication tools are more tightly coupled to management and how firms can benefit most from these tools for organizational governance. Originality/value – This is one of the few studies to have examined the uses of ICT in a PBO and TBO context and especially in Finnish and Swedish background.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)7-27
    Number of pages21
    JournalJournal of Enterprise Information Management
    Volume25
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 30 2011

    Keywords

    • Communication technologies
    • Communication tools
    • Ecommunication
    • Finland
    • Organizational structures
    • Organizations
    • Projectbased organization
    • Sweden
    • Traditional business organization

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General Decision Sciences
    • Information Systems
    • Management of Technology and Innovation

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