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Title: The pattern of Internet use for information management by architectural practices in the UK
Author: Sidawi, Bhzad.
Awarding Body: Cardiff University
Current Institution: Cardiff University
Date of Award: 2003
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In recent history, architects have experienced problems related to the use and management of new innovations. The Internet presents one such challenge. It offers considerable expansion in types of communication and sources of business information and connects people and businesses around the globe. As is argued in this research, these services could play a positive role in architectural practice. This research examines the use of the Internet by architectural practices in UK in order to reveal how aware they are of the opportunities it presents, the extent to which they are taking advantage of them, and the problems they are experiencing. A field study was conducted of two types of practices: RIBA private practices and local authority practices. A number of research tools were used to inspect how these practices are using the Internet to manage various types of information that used and produced in the practice, namely: the acquisition of web information, the exchange of the practice's information through the web and the presentation of the practice's information on the web. Explanations for the results were sought by correlating variables from the questionnaire study, using simple statistical tests. The field study shows that many Internet services are unpopular among architects, and that practices have problems in adopting and using the technology. The pace at which the Internet is being absorbed and accepted by practices is slow. The study suggests that possible causes are: the little knowledge of users' about IT, the poor resources of the practice, and old or imperfect Internet installations and the absence of the Internet support to the architect's activities. The research argues that there are a number of links between these negative factors which make the practice unable to utilize the Internet and to manage the practice's information through the Internet. To break these links, the research suggests that practices should adopt a specific management strategy to promote more utilization of Internet services in the office and to manage information. Practices need to make certain changes to the way they manage the Internet and work with it, if they plan to integrate the Internet more successfully into their practice. The research discusses techniques for improving practice management which would help practices to digest Internet technology and to use it more effectively in the practice
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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