Information technology as boundary object for transformational learning

Daniel Forgues, Lauri Koskela, Albert Lejeune, Kirti Ruikar (Editor), Stephen Emmitt (Editor)

Research output: Contribution to journalSpecial issuepeer-review

24 Citations (Scopus)


Collaborative work is considered as a way to improve productivity and value generation in construction. However, recent research demonstrates that socio-cognitive factors related to fragmentation of specialized knowledge may hinder team performance. New methods based on theories of practice are emerging in Computer Supported Collaborative Work and organisational learning to break these knowledge boundaries, facilitating knowledge sharing and the generation of new knowledge through transformational learning. According to these theories, objects used in professional practice play a key role in mediating interactions. Rules and methods related to these practices are also embedded in these objects. Therefore changing collaborative patterns demand reconfiguring objects that are at the boundary between specialized practices, namely boundary objects. This research is unique in presenting an IT strategy in which technology is used as a boundary object to facilitate transformational learning in collaborative design work.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)48-58
Number of pages11
JournalElectronic Journal of Information Technology in Construction
Publication statusPublished - 16 Mar 2009
Externally publishedYes


Dive into the research topics of 'Information technology as boundary object for transformational learning'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this