Congratulations to Sidsel Ernstsen for a successful PhD defence

Tuesday 09 Mar 21


Sidsel Katrine Ernstsen
Industrial PhD
DTU Management
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Christian Thuesen
Associate Professor
DTU Management
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Anja Maier
Professor, Deputy Head of Division, Head of Section
DTU Management
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Defence date: 09.03.2021


PhD thesis title: Designing for disruption: Exploring how digital technologies affect the future of construction

This thesis explores how digital technologies may disrupt the construction sector. It builds on four interconnected studies: A) A horizon scanning that identifies 133 potentially disruptive technologies. B) A literature-based analysis revealing

to which extent disruption theory applies to a construction sector context. C) The identification of three future visions for a digitally transformed construction sector, based on interviews with 13 innovation-savvy construction professionals. D) The development of a design game, called the Technology Cards, which facilitates  future-oriented, strategic dialogues on the potential of 22 selected technologies. 

Synthesising the four studies, the thesis proposes that construction companies  benefit from applying inclusive, long-term-oriented foresight methods to prepare for disruptive change. The thesis provides recommendations for established  construction companies to realise the emerging benefits of digital technologies, hereby enabling a democratic and deliberate digital transformation of construction.


Further information: 



Anja Maier, DTU Management, Engineering Systems Design

Christian Thuesen, DTU Management, Engineering Systems Design

Laurids Rolighed Larsen, NIRAS A/S



Dr Marianne Guldbrandsen, Scaleringschef Systems Innovation, Rockwool Fonden

Assistant Professor Daniel Hall, ETH zurich

Professor Per Dannemand Andersen, DTU Management


Chairperson at the defence:

Associate Professor Jan Karlshøj, DTU Civil Engineering

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