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dc.contributor.authorDavis, Kirsten A.en_US

This research project investigates individuals' resistance to change brought about by new information technology implementation in the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) industry. By understanding how individual participants resist and adapt to change, their resistance can be better accommodated by the organization in the adoption of new information technology within the AEC industry. This enables researchers and practitioners to understand how new technologies should be introduced within organizations.

A social architecture factor model associated with impeding/promoting use of information technologies was created based on a literature review of change management theory on resistance to change and attitude-behavior connections. In Phase I of the research, the personality traits and behavioral characteristics individuals included in the original model were reduced to a smaller number of variables indicative of resistance to information technology change. A revised social architecture factor model was created after this reduction. The variable reduction and revised model were based on data collected from a 50-person sample of the AEC population. At the conclusion of Phase I, a Resistance to Change Index (RTCI) was created, enabling estimations of the intensity of resistance an individual is likely to exhibit using the personality traits and behavioral characteristics kept in the revised social architecture factor model.

Phase II of the research investigated relationships between the RTCI and demographics of the individual using a 156-person sample of the AEC population. This phase of the research determined whether different demographic groups within the AEC population exhibited differences in their RTCI. The data analysis found several demographic groups that were different in their likelihood of resistance, including profession, gender, computer understanding and experience, and awareness of past or future changes occurring in their company.

Age and education level were expected to have relationships with RTCI, based on industry stereotypes. The data analysis found that these stereotypes have no scientific basis. Two other stereotypes, gender and computer understanding and experience, were supported by the data analysis, however.

dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
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dc.subjectResistance to Changeen_US
dc.subjectChange Managementen_US
dc.subjectTechnological Changeen_US
dc.subjectConstruction Industryen_US
dc.subjectInformation Technologyen_US
dc.titleInformation Technology Change in the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction Industry: An Investigation of Individualsâ Resistanceen_US
dc.contributor.departmentCivil Engineeringen_US
dc.description.degreePh. D.en_US D.en_US Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US Engineeringen_US
dc.contributor.committeechairSonger, Anthony D.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberSchulman, Robert S.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberde la Garza, Jesus M.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberBeliveau, Yvan J.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberBonham, Thirwall W.en_US

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