Current state of knowledge management, potential and trends; Implications for the construction industry

Maqsood, T, Walker, D and Finegan, A 2004, 'Current state of knowledge management, potential and trends; Implications for the construction industry', in K. Hampson (ed.) Proceedings of Clients Driving Innovation International Conference 2004, Surfers Paradise, Australia, 25-27 October 2004, pp. 1-9.


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Title Current state of knowledge management, potential and trends; Implications for the construction industry
Author(s) Maqsood, T
Walker, D
Finegan, A
Year 2004
Conference name Clients Driving Innovation International Conference
Conference location Surfers Paradise, Australia
Conference dates 25-27 October 2004
Proceedings title Proceedings of Clients Driving Innovation International Conference 2004
Editor(s) K. Hampson
Publisher CRC for Construction Innovation
Place of publication Brisbane, Australia
Start page 1
End page 9
Abstract During the past decade a paradigm shift in the domain of knowledge management (KM) has emerged out of learning occurred from unfulfilled KM initiatives. This emerging perspective of KM considers it to be more as a human activity rather than a technological endeavour. The notion that knowledge can readily be captured and made part of the machines and then easily shared with others has lost its strength. Rather, knowledge creation and sharing is being advocated through socialisation processes like building communities of practice, either real or virtual. The esoteric, contextual and problematic nature of knowledge is becoming evident as KM research is advancing into the realms of social constructivism. These constraints in KM are being recognised, and KM strategies are being devised that consider these limitations. Issues like leadership, vision and culture have become central to the successful KM initiatives. This paper presents the changing face of KM through the review of the literature. It argues that KM is not just another management fad or a recycled concept. Rather, the various trends and potentials of KM research are identified within the context of expanding boundaries and domain, and the potential benefit for the construction industry.
Subjects Organisation of Information and Knowledge Resources
Copyright notice © 2004 The Authors
ISBN 0975097733
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