Project histories and project learning - a knowledge management challenge

Maqsood, T, Walker, D and Finegan, A 2004, 'Project histories and project learning - a knowledge management challenge', in Proceedings of the Twentieth Annual Conference of the Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM), Edinburgh, Scotland, 1-3 September 2004.


Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Conference Papers

Title Project histories and project learning - a knowledge management challenge
Author(s) Maqsood, T
Walker, D
Finegan, A
Year 2004
Conference name Twentieth Annual Conference of the Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM)
Conference location Edinburgh, Scotland
Conference dates 1-3 September 2004
Proceedings title Proceedings of the Twentieth Annual Conference of the Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM)
Publisher Association of Researchers in Construction Management
Place of publication Reading, United Kingdom
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.
Subjects Building Construction Management and Project Planning
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