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Mapping knowledge for effective decision making and in bringing about change in the provision of sustainable urban environment solutions

Egbu, CO 2006, Mapping knowledge for effective decision making and in bringing about change in the provision of sustainable urban environment solutions , in: Built ENvironment: Integrated Approach for Sustainability, 11th - 12th September 2006, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK.

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Abstract

The identification of where knowledge assets resides is important to organisations if they are to effectively exploit their knowledge assets. Organisational knowledge also has to be co-ordinated. This is central to "knowledge mapping". Knowledge mapping aims to track the acquisition and loss of information and knowledge. It explores personal and group competencies and proficiencies and illustrates or "maps" how knowledge flows throughout an organisation or 'network'. This paper reports some of the findings from an Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) funded project entitled "knowledge Mapping and bringing about change for the sustainable urban environment". This research project investigated, inter-alia, the different types of knowledge mapping techniques to bring about change from a sustainable urban environment (SUE) perspective. In this paper, discussions are provided on the different types of knowledge mapping that exist and the challenges associated with their use and implementation. The effective exploitation of knowledge mapping techniques is also dependent on a variety of factors and contexts and the main purpose of their use. These are presented in the paper. The paper will also provide recommendations with regards to strengths, benefits and evaluation of the suitability of knowledge mapping techniques in different contexts. It is concluded that if chosen and used effectiveness, knowledge mapping is useful for decision makers working in the area of sustainability. Such benefits include: improved ability to locate knowledge in processes, relationships, policies, people, repositories and context; and improved awareness or organisational level and aggregation, cultural issues, reward systems, timeliness, knowledge sharing and value, legal process and protection (patents, trade secrets, trade marks) associated with knowledge exploitation in organisations.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Decision making, knowledge mapping, sustainable urban environment
Themes: Subjects / Themes > T Technology > TH Building construction
Built and Human Environment
Schools: 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: Proceeding of the GBEN 2006 Conference
Refereed: Yes
ISBN: 978-1-84728-396-2
Depositing User: IN Mohd Zin
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2010 14:39
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 17:03
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/2834

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