Mapping the managerial areas of Building Information Modeling (BIM) using scientometric analysis

Qinghua He, Ge Wang*, Lan Luo, Qian Shi, Jianxun Xie, Xianhai Meng

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The successful adoption of Building Information Modeling (BIM) leads to the subsequent need for improving management practices and stakeholders' relationships. Previous studies have attempted to explore solutions for non-technical issues; however, a systematic and quantitative review of the details of non-technical field, namely, the managerial areas of BIM (MA–BIM), seems to be missing. Hence, a scientometric approach is used to construct knowledge maps in MA–BIM, thereby allowing bibliometric data to provide an objective and accurate perspective in the field as a whole. Through keyword and abstract term analysis of 126 related papers published from 2007 to 2015, an integrated conceptual framework is proposed to summarize current status and structure future directions of MA–BIM based on five principal research areas. This study shows the transformation of MA–BIM from an individual approach to a wide-ranging organizational strategy. It provides new insights into managing BIM projects by referring to the accurate representation and analysis of previous research efforts.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)670–685
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Project Management
Issue number4
Early online date03 Sep 2016
Publication statusPublished - May 2017

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