The Impact of Advanced Information Technologies on Architecture and Engineering Design Firms: A Field Study [thesis]

McDonald Davis
Acknowledgments In the immortal words of Thomas Merton, "no man is an island." These words are an appropriate metaphor for the doctoral degree process. Without the help, influence, and support of numerous individuals, no student is likely to successfully complete the doctoral degree since it requires more than just academic acumen and stamina. This has been particularly true in my case, since all of my academic endeavors were completed on an essentially part-time basis. Therefore, I would like
more » ... o thank some of those individuals who were collectively responsible for my achievement of this lifelong goal. My supervisors and managers at Philip Morris, USA provided me the opportunity to pursue the doctorate degree with their support of my academic goals. A few of these individuals are: and other engineering colleagues and associates, I remember the additional motivation I gained by your expressing sincere interest in my academic endeavors. To these associates, and many others, I am appreciative of your having faith in my abilities even when I did not. I am especially indebted to my doctoral dissertation committee for their guidance and encouragement that lifted my spirits whenever I became disheartened, and for their caution and correction whenever I became overconfident. In particular, I would like to thank Dr. Julian W. Riehl, for his constant generosity in sharing his time and knowledge as my doctoral advisor and his superb coaching and navigational skills through the shoals of dissertation research; Dr. Richard J. Coppins, for his pragmatism and clarity of thought; Dr. Bartow Hodge, for his counsel, depth of understanding, and experience; Dr. Eugene H. Hunt, for his constant encouragement and friendship, and for sharing his views on the doctoral "process;" and Dr. D. Robley Wood, Jr., for his insightful observations and helpful suggestions for conducting the research. I am also indebted to other faculty members in the School of Business for the opportunity to study and question the serious matters of information and management in its various business settings. My sincerest appreciation is due also to the distinguished experts who served on the Delphi panel for giving generously of their valuable time, knowledge, and experiences: These individuals actively contributed their time and experiences in developing and refining the research questionnaire used for the field research: Thomas Richard N. Stover; and Eric D. Teicholz: Your participation was critical, irreplaceable, and made the dissertation research meaningful and relevant. I am also in debt to the architects, engineers, designers, and managers in the firms visited for the field research for sharing their opinions, thoughts, and insights into a complex and chaotic information revolution that has forever changed the architecture and engineering design professions. I share a common concern with them for what the future holds for practitioners of the disciplines. ii Lastly, I would like to dedicate this dissertation to my loving and loyal wife, Becky, and to my sons, Barry and Steven, both Eagle Scouts, of whom I am very proud. Their sacrifices and understanding (and tolerance whenever they did not) of my academic goals can never be measured, but only partially repaid with my gratitude and love.
doi:10.25772/6a2j-k851 fatcat:cyzyho5ssbhktj6kp4ubacxjey