Effectiveness of a Paperless Work Environment for Self-Employed Construction Companies
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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The purpose of this project is to establish whether a paperless work environment is effective for a self-employed construction company. Furthermore, in order to resolve the confusion associated with documentation, this study suggests a prototype mobile application that digitalises administrative tasks and makes the environment paperless. Literature along with self-employed construction applications is researched to specify what features are currently used in the industry and if a mobile application can be beneficial and unique. Positive and negative traits demonstrate why the creation of a mobile application may assist a construction company in adopting a paperless work environment. Data collected from a questionnaire filled out by self-employed builders working in small companies in and around London is used. This clarifies if a mobile application can assist a self-employed builder in maintaining a paperless work environment. Descriptive and inferential statistics are employed to analyse the data and their associations. The findings corresponding to indicators are extracted providing an insight into the problem and answers to the research question. Interpretations are provided to the individual findings accompanied by implications and limitations. Data reveal that becoming paperless can benefit the companies to become effective and up to date with modern times. However, the company must be willing to adapt new change and processes. The main conclusion is that small organisations can benefit from paperless enviroments to manage documents but this also depends on the conditions of the individual organisation.
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