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Data Cooperatives as a Catalyst for Collaboration, Data Sharing and the Digital Transformation of the Construction Sector

  • Digital federated platforms and data cooperatives for secure, trusted and sovereign data exchange will play a central role in the construction industry of the future. With the help of platforms, cooperatives and their novel value creation, the digital transformation and the degree of organization of the construction value chain can be taken to a new level of collaboration. The goal of this research project was to develop an experimental prototype for a federated innovation data platform along with a suitable exemplary use case. The prototype is to serve the construction industry as a demonstrator for further developments and form the basis for an innovation platform. It exemplifies how an overall concept is concretely implemented along one or more use cases that address high-priority industry pain points. This concept will create a blueprint and a framework for further developments, which will then be further established in the market. The research project illuminates the perspective of various governance innovations to increase industry collaboration, productivity and capital project performance and transparency as well as the overall potential of possible platform business models. However, a comprehensive expert survey revealed that there are considerable obstacles to trust-based data exchange between the key stakeholders in the industry value network. The obstacles to cooperation are predominantly not of a technical nature but rather of a competitive, predominantly trust-related nature. To overcome these obstacles and create a pre-competitive space of trust, the authors therefore propose the governance structure of a data cooperative model, which is discussed in detail in this paper.

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Author:Michael Max BühlerORCiDGND, Konrad Nübel, Thorsten JelinekORCiD, David Riechert, Thomas Bauer, Thomas Schmid, Martin Schneider
Parent Title (English):Buildings
Publisher:MDPI AG
Place of publication:Basel, CH
Document Type:Article
Year of Publication:2023
Release Date:2023/02/06
Tag:Digital platforms; Data sharing and exchange; Digital transformation; Data cooperatives; Interoperability; Data sovereignty; Construction industry; Value networks; Productivity; Capital project performance
Page Number:22
Article Number:442
Corresponding author: Michael Max Bühler
Institutes:Fakultät Bauingenieurwesen
Open Access?:Ja
Relevance:Peer reviewed Publikation in Master Journal List
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - CC BY - Namensnennung 4.0 International