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Embedding good practice sharing within process improvement

Jeong, KS, Kagioglou, M, Haigh, R, Amaratunga, RDG and Siriwardena, ML 2006, 'Embedding good practice sharing within process improvement' , Engineering Construction and Architectural Management, 13 (1) , pp. 62-81.

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    Abstract

    Purpose - Construction firms need to improve the way in which they manage their processes. Focusing on good practice and knowledge sharing within and across organisational boundaries, the purpose of this paper is to discuss recent developments on a structured process improvement model developed for construction enterprises (SPICE). Design/methodology/approach - A multiple holistic case study approach was taken to develop and test the presented process improvement model at a firm's level. To compare and synthesise different perspectives, respondents were selected from across a vertical cross-section of the case study organisations. A combination of several research techniques employed for triangulation. Findings - Provides a set of key processes to establish an essential managerial infrastructure for achieving organisation-wide process improvement. The results highlight the need to implement the key processes in an integrated and holistic manner. Research limitations/implications - Key limitations of the presented process improvement model are closely related to the concerns raised against "process thinking." More case studies are required to confirm or refute generalisability of the findings. Practical implications - Firms need to appreciate diverse perspectives and consider norms and values of people in order to understand and improve their process capabilities in a balanced manner. Continuous diagnosis and adaptation of organisational process capability to the changing environment are required to ensure achieving sustainable competitive advantage. Originality/value - This paper contributes to the process and knowledge management/organisational learning literature. It also highlights several important issues to address wider aspects of organisational process improvement, as well as future research direction.

    Item Type: Article
    Themes: Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD0028 - 0070 Management. Industrial Management > HD62 Standardization. Simplification. Waste
    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
    Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment > Salford Centre for Research & Innovation (SCRI)
    Journal or Publication Title: Engineering Construction and Architectural Management
    Publisher: Emerald
    Refereed: Yes
    ISSN: 0969-9988
    Depositing User: H Kenna
    Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2007 13:44
    Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:49
    URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/687

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