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Audio diary and debriefing for knowledge management in SMEs

Boyd, D, Egbu, CO, Chinyio, E and Lee, CCT 2004, Audio diary and debriefing for knowledge management in SMEs , in: ARCOM 20th Annual Conference, 1st-3rd September 2004 , Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh.

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    Abstract

    Site managers meet complex problems in their day-to-day work and have to find solutions promptly. However, the industry does not capture this valuable experience and may even not realise its significance. If this knowledge is collected, structured and disseminated, there would be significant benefits to the companies as well as the whole construction industry. This research is to test and improve a simple yet robust approach for this purpose. The site managers keep an audio diary of a problemsolving event by Dictaphone each week which contains their personal knowledge and thinking. Then the managers are debriefed about the set of their recorded events each month in order to explicate the significance embedded in these events and to transform it into knowledge accessible to a wider audience. With the participation of site managers from a dozen small and medium sized construction companies across the country, the event recording and debriefing process last for six months. The preliminary findings from the research indicate that audio diary and debriefing as a tool for knowledge management are effective and efficient for practitioners to capture and distil their learning and tacit knowledge.

    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
    Uncontrolled Keywords: audio dairy, debriefing, knowledge management, SMEs
    Themes: Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
    Subjects outside of the University Themes
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment > Management in Construction Research Centre (MIC)
    Refereed: No
    Depositing User: MF Mat Yasin
    Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2010 14:37
    Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 17:03
    URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/2861

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