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Tacit knowledge and organisational performance: Construction industry perspective

Pathirage, CP, Amaratunga, RDG and Haigh, R 2007, 'Tacit knowledge and organisational performance: Construction industry perspective' , Journal of Knowledge Management, 11 (1) , pp. 15-126.

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    Abstract

    Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to highlight the importance of tacit knowledge in construction and to underline the significant contribution of tacit knowledge towards the organisational performance. Design/methodology/approach - Includes a review of literature on principal insights of dominant views on knowledge and organisational resources to highlight the strategic nature of tacit knowledge. Further, intrinsic characteristics of the construction industry are discussed to underline the people factor and the role of the tacit knowledge. Findings - Valuable human and knowledge resources will be wasted unless organisations make better use of these prime resources. Tacit knowledge in particular is still considered to be relatively unexplored and proper understanding and management of this resource are of immense importance for better organisational performance. In this context, this paper reveals the labour and knowledge intensive nature of the construction industry and highlights the importance and the significant role of people factor and tacit knowledge in construction. Originality/value - Owing to paucity of literature and inadequate empirical research done, this paper provides the basis for more empirical research on finding importance of tacit knowledge towards organisational performance in the construction industry.

    Item Type: Article
    Themes: Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD0028 - 0070 Management. Industrial Management
    Subjects / Themes > T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
    Built and Human Environment
    Subjects outside of the University Themes
    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 > Centre for Disaster Resilience
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Knowledge Management
    Publisher: Emerald
    Refereed: Yes
    ISSN: 1367-3270
    Depositing User: H Kenna
    Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2007 09:09
    Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:48
    URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/552

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