Knowledge management challenges within traditional procurement system

Takhtravanchi, M and Pathirage, C 2016, 'Knowledge management challenges within traditional procurement system' , International Journal of Computer, Electrical, Automation, Control and Information Engineering, 10 (12) , pp. 2452-2460.

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Abstract

In the construction industry, project knowledge mostly resides in the minds of project members and is, often, not managed properly so it can be used in future projects. As construction projects are temporary and unique, project members leave a project for another one once a project is completed. Therefore, poor management of knowledge across construction projects will lead to a considerable amount of knowledge loss; the ignoring of which would be detrimental to project performance. This issue is more prominent in projects undertaken through the traditional procurement system, as this system encourages fragmentation rather than integration. Thus disputes exist between the design and construction phases based on the poor management of knowledge between those two phases. This paper aims to highlight the challenges of the knowledge management that exists within construction projects undertaken through the traditional procurement system. Expert interviews were conducted and challenges were identified and analysed by the Interpretive Structural Modelling (ISM) approach in order to summarise the relationships among them. Two identified key challenges are the Culture of an Organisation and Knowledge Management Policies. A knowledge of the challenges and their relationships will help project manager and stakeholders to have a better understanding of the importance of knowledge management.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment > Centre for Urban Processes, Resilient Infrastructures & Sustainable Environments (UPRISE)
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Computer, Electrical, Automation, Control and Information Engineering
Publisher: World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology
Depositing User: M Takhtravanchi
Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2017 09:01
Last Modified: 09 Aug 2017 06:21
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/41177

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