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Project Histories and Project Learning - A Knowledge Management Challenge

Maqsood, Tayyab, Walker, Derek H.T. and Finegan, Andrew (2004). Project Histories and Project Learning - A Knowledge Management Challenge. In: Khosrowshahi, Farzad 20th Annual Association of Researchers in Construction Management Conference, Edinburgh, UK, 1-3 September 2004.

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Author Maqsood, Tayyab
Walker, Derek H.T.
Finegan, Andrew
Title Project Histories and Project Learning - A Knowledge Management Challenge
Conference Name 20th Annual Association of Researchers in Construction Management Conference
Conference Location Edinburgh, UK
Conference Dates 1-3 September 2004
Conference Publication Title Proceedings of the 20th ARCOM Conference
Editor Khosrowshahi, Farzad
Place of Publication Reading, UK
Publisher Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM)
Publication Year 2004
Volume Number 1
ISBN 0-9534161-9-4   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 561
End Page 570
Total Pages 10
Field of Research 1202 - Building
HERDC Category E1 - Conference Publication (DEST)
Abstract With the advent of information and communication technologies (ICT), some construction organisations have endeavoured to develop and maintain project history systems. These are generally repositories that contain the data from previous projects. However, they are often poorly designed, implemented, managed and applied. We argue in this paper that a key reason for this situation is lack of senior management support and a need for the proper integration of project histories into a company's overall strategy and vision. However, recent interest in organisational learning and knowledge management appears to have a positive impact upon management practice in the construction industry. Management in major companies are now incorporating these emerging business philosophies into their overall strategy and vision. With the adoption of knowledge management strategies into construction companies, it will be possible to access project histories and conduct project learning in an efficient way. This paper provides an interpretative investigation of the issues concerning project histories for one leading construction company in Australia. A systems approach is used in this study as a tool to comprehend the underlying processes and to highlight the related issues.
Keyword Project histories
Repositiories
Project learning
Knowledge management
Learning Organisations
Description for Link Link to conference paper
URL http://www.arcom.ac.uk/-docs/proceedings/ar2004-0561-0570_Maqsood_Walker_and_Finegan.pdf
 
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