An implementation roadmap for knowledge sharing for small and micro companies (SMC) in Ireland

Scully, REM 2012, An implementation roadmap for knowledge sharing for small and micro companies (SMC) in Ireland , PhD thesis, University of Salford.

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Abstract

Knowledge is the prime source of competitive advantage among small and micro construction consultancy companies (SMCCC) in Ireland today. The context and structure of the thesis is presented and explained. The literature review will discuss how a company can marshal its staff and company knowledge. A knowledge sharing (KS) environment must be gradually developed and "grown" within a company. This research focuses on developing an implementation roadmap for KS in SMCCC in Ireland. The areas of KS that are focused on in this research are: The appropriate meaning of "Knowledge Sharing" in the construction industry. Specific issues relevant to Small and Micro companies in the context of Knowledge Sharing. The circumstances that should prevail to allow people to share knowledge. Effective methods of facilitating company learning and how can they be developed. Technology's effect on knowledge sharing in a company. Each of these areas is addressed through a critical literature review and primary research. A hybrid research methodology was applied in gathering the primary research. The research tools used were questionnaires, interviews and model review. The analysis and discussion of the KS issues are based on the literature and the empirical data completed. Each of the above research areas are analysed and discussed under four broad headings, namely: culture, personal resource, facilitating KS and IT. The culmination of the research is presented in the KS roadmap. The conclusions and recommendations proposed from this research are also presented. The contribution to knowledge achieved by this research is the establishment of a yard stick to measure future research in this field and the development of a strategic KS roadmap to facilitate implementing the process of KS in SMCCC in Ireland. SMCCC were selected because of a lack of research undertaken on this particular sector of the industry.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Contributors: Underwood, J (Supervisor) and Khosrowshahi, F (Supervisor)
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment
Depositing User: Institutional Repository
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2021 14:01
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 21:56
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/61498

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