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A literature review on the challenges associated with implementing knowledge management strategies in construction organisations

Mohd Zin, IN and Egbu, CO 2009, A literature review on the challenges associated with implementing knowledge management strategies in construction organisations , in: 25th Annual ARCOM Conference, Albert Hall, Nottingham, 7 - 9 September, 2009.

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    Abstract

    The significance of Knowledge Management (KM) in any organisation is increasingly being realised. As a result, knowledge management is increasingly being incorporated in the management agenda and in organisational strategic choices. Knowledge management has become an important tool in staying ahead in the competition between organisations. A review of literature indicates that the construction industry have begun to realize the importance of KM. However, many construction firms are facing challenges to do with collating, assimilating and exploiting relevant information and experiences. Even if knowledge is captured, getting people to contribute and utilize stored knowledge assets is a challenge. With these come further challenges, which are precipitated either because people are not aware of the involved technology or are not cognisant of the benefits of such an exercise. However, if these challenges are effectively addressed, organisations stand to derive a lot of benefit. Part of addressing these challenges is the development and implementation of a holistic and effective knowledge strategy. This paper reviews key issues associated with the development and implementation of a knowledge management strategies together with the impact of such strategies on construction organisations. It concludes that aligning a knowledge management strategy with the wider organisational strategy is vital. It recommends that effective communication of a knowledge management strategy within the organisation is important as part of an effective implementation of a knowledge management strategy. In addition, a balanced view is needed in considering the issues of finance, culture, technology and people issues in the development and implementation of an effective strategy.

    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
    Themes: Subjects / Themes > T Technology > TH Building construction
    Built and Human Environment
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology
    Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment
    Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment > Management in Construction Research Centre (MIC)
    Journal or Publication Title: Procs. 25th Annual Conference
    Publisher: Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM)
    Refereed: Yes
    ISSN: 0-9552390-1-X
    Depositing User: IN Mohd Zin
    Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2011 11:19
    Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 17:46
    URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/12819

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