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Centre for Digital Built Britain completed its five-year mission and closed its doors at the end of September 2022

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Research background

My research focuses on technology adoption in construction organizations and project settings. For my PhD at the University of Hong Kong, I examined the sociotechnical interactions in a project-based ‘technology transfer’ attempt. Post-PhD, I investigated how SME contractors were responding to the Hong Kong government’s BIM mandate for public projects.

CDBB projects involved with

Analysing the social context to transforming construction through digital innovation

Research ambitions for CDBB

  • To produce an in-depth understanding of enablers and barriers, and proffer recommendations to improve the socio-cultural constraints to a widescale uptake of offsite manufacturing for construction project delivery.
  • To provide evidence of successful and unsuccessful cases of the use of offsite manufacturing for construction projects in order to inform policy to promote wider uptake.
  • To generate evidence of outcomes, benefits, impacts, and value of innovation for different stakeholders in the use of offsite manufacturing for construction project delivery that would inform policy formulation and guidance for industry.



In addition to his a BSc (Hons) in Construction Technology and Management from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Ghana, Kwadwo holds a PhD from the Department of Real Estate and Construction at the University of Hong Kong (HKU). He used the social construction of technology (SCOT) approach to explore the complex interactions embedded in a project-based attempt to transfer technology into a new environment.

He previously worked as a Post-Doctoral Researcher at Hong Kong University where he investigated how small and medium construction firms were responding to a government mandate for compulsory building information modelling (BIM) use on all public works projects. Specifically, he examined these developments through the ‘Digital Divide’ theoretical lens. With industry experience in both consulting and on-site roles serving clients and contractors on various building projects, Kwadwo has extensive teaching experience at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Kwadwo seeks to bring all his research and industry experiences, knowledge and skills to contribute to exciting world-class research projects in a supportive multi-disciplinary environment. Areas of research that interest him have to do with how technological innovation, technology adoption and implementation impact people, processes and actions in project, organisation or industry settings alongside implications for the built environment and society at large.


Key publications: 

Oti-Sarpong, K. (2019). Offsite manufacturing and digital technologies: A state of the nation report on the UK construction industry. Report submitted to the Centre for Digital Built Britain (CDBB). Cambridge Centre for Planning and Housing Research (CCHPR), University of Cambridge.

Burgess, G., Oti-Sarpong, K. and Shojaei, R. (2020). Tackling the housing crisis through digital technologies and offsite manufacturing. Industrial Strategy for tomorrow Policy Series. Bennett Institute for Public Policy Cambridge.

Oti-Sarpong, K. and Burgess, G. (2020) Offsite manufacturing and construction industry transformation: An evolutionary sociotechnical transitions perspective. Submitted for the 36th Conference and Annual General Meeting of the Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM), 7-9 September 2020, Glasgow, UK

Oti-Sarpong, K and Burgess, G (2020) Offsite Manufacturing and Construction Industry Transformation: A Multi-Level Sociotechnical Transitions Perspective In: Scott, L and Neilson, C J (Eds) Proceedings of the 36th Annual ARCOM Conference, 7-8 September 2020, UK, Association of Researchers in Construction Management, 475-484.

Kwadwo Oti-Sarpong, Reyhaneh Shojaei (2021) 'Industry Guidance: Successful adoption and use of BIM and OSM', Report

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