Key issues for implementing knowledge management in relational contracting project settings

Bakri, AS, Ingirige, MJB ORCID: and Amaratunga, RDG 2010, Key issues for implementing knowledge management in relational contracting project settings , in: CIB 2010, 10th - 13th May 2010, University of Salford.

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The necessity of relational approaches or inter-organisational relationships in construction industry might due to the nature of construction itself which often highly specialised, complex projects, involving various participants, and also with extended durations for commencement and completion. Since the construction project teams works as a disparate collection of separate organisations rather than as a unified team, the project teams suffers from lack of integration. Besides this, there is still an unwillingness to share knowledge between the construction participants, thus, there is poor knowledge flow. Relational Contracting (RC) is one way to solve the problems of fragmentation. It is believed that RC when integrated with Knowledge Management (KM) can successfully address the major problems of the industry. RC and KM are two significant management paradigms where communication is a common issue. The concepts of trust, knowledge sharing, cooperation and commitment are significant in both literatures. The issue of culture is also important to be considered. Implementing effective KM in RC project settings involves various challenges that need to be considered. Therefore, the aim of this paper is to highlight the key issues in order to give better understanding before any construction participants could embark into a RC project setting and at the same time considering to implementing KM in order to improve project performance within the construction industry.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Themes: Subjects / Themes > T Technology > TH Building construction
Built and Human Environment
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment > Centre for Urban Processes, Resilient Infrastructures & Sustainable Environments
Refereed: Yes
Depositing User: CI Malalgoda
Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2010 12:54
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2018 13:06

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