The development of intellectual capital framework for successful adaptive re-use

Alauddin, K 2014, The development of intellectual capital framework for successful adaptive re-use, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Property, Construction and Project Management, RMIT University.

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Title The development of intellectual capital framework for successful adaptive re-use
Author(s) Alauddin, K
Year 2014
Abstract The adaptive re-use project requires complete and accurate historical information and high levels of expertise from the project team members. Therefore, within the typology of adaptive re-use projects, the ability to capture and transfer the unique set of skills and experience from project to project is important to create the relevant knowledge. Previous adaptive re-use studies focused on project success, potential for re-use, benefits, and sustainability. However, research related to capturing and transferring skills and experience from adaptive re-use project settings has received relatively little attention to date. Thus, this study attempts to fill this gap by developing an intellectual capital framework specific for adaptive re-use projects. The theoretical framework for this study was derived from knowledge management theory which guided the research questions and research design. The framework is further refined and informed by the empirical results. The study adopted the qualitative approach to data collection; the data was collected from 14 semi-structured in-depth interviews across two case studies. Each case study involved two adaptive re-use projects completed by two separate University clients within a period of eight to thirteen years. The historical buildings were located in Geelong and Melbourne and were adapted to a university. The four buildings were considered to be unique examples of adaptive re-use projects in the state of Victoria. Data from the interviews was analysed using content analysis for within-case and cross-case analysis with the aid of NVivo Version 9.

The finding of the study highlights that trust is the core component in creating and transferring of intellectual capital among project team members during problem solving process. In addition, the findings of the study were that the key factors for creating and transferring skills and knowledge among team members in adaptive re-use projects were effectiveness and efficiency, similar project teams, project teams’ actions, sources of information, generating new skills and knowledge and developing new solutions during problem solving processes. After refinement of the Intellectual Capital Framework, there are eleven components considered important for adaptive re-use settings namely, trust, collaboration, communication, skills, past experience, project team actions, sources of information, similar project team, effectiveness and efficiency mode, generating new skills and knowledge, and developing new solutions. The contribution of this study is for both practitioners and academicians and is through the development of an intellectual capital framework for successful adaptive re-use projects. From the perspective of practitioners, the intellectual capital framework can be used as guidelines for the transfer and creation of their intellectual capital from project to project effectively. From the perspective of academicians, this framework can be used as template for future research in the field of adaptive re-use, project management and knowledge management. In conclusion, the study enabled the integration of knowledge management theory within the specific contextual adaptive re-use project settings.

Degree Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Institution RMIT University
School, Department or Centre Property, Construction and Project Management
Keyword(s) intellectual capital
adaptive re-use
case study
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