Knowledge Management in the Construction Industry: A Socio-Technical Perspective: A Socio-Technical Perspective

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Kazi, Abdul Samad
Idea Group Inc (IGI), Nov 30, 2004 - Computers - 384 pages

Knowledge Management in the Construction Industry: A Socio-Technical Perspective presents a portfolio of concepts, methods, models, and tools supported by real life case studies from various corners of the globe providing insights into the management of knowledge in the construction industry. Untangling the hype from the reality, practical means of implementing knowledge management in the construction industry through various mechanisms and tools are demonstrated. For the practitioner, it provides practical insights and experiences from real life cases, for the researcher and academic, it provides current and state-of-the-art undertakings in this emerging area for the construction industry.

 

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Contents

A Case Study
18
Chapter III Managing the External Provision of Knowledge Management Services for Projects
34
Smart Construction
53
A SocioTechnical Perspective
67
A Community of Practice Perspective
90
A UK Construction Company Case Study
112
Learning from Experience
129
Facilitating Organisational Learning within the Construction Industry
130
From the SocioTechnical Perspective 19621966 to Knowledge Management What Have We Learned?
203
Emerging Models and Solutions
224
A Holistic Strategic Approach to the Management of Knowledge
225
An Exploration on the CoProduction of Project Needs and Requirements by ClientSpecialist Groups
251
Chapter XV Decision Support Systems and their Application in Construction
276
Chapter XVI A Knowledge Management Portal System for Construction Projects Using Knowledge Map
299
Chapter XVII An Integrative Knowledge Management System for EnvironmentalConscious Construction
322
A Vision for Future Project Information Technologies
343

Chapter IX Knowledge Management in Higher Education and Professional Development in the Construction Industry
150
Chapter X Empirical Investigation of Organisational Learning Ability as a Performance Driver in Construction
166
Chapter XI Evaluating an Organisations Learning Culture Using Learning Histories
185
About the Authors
363
Index
373
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Abdul Samad (Sami) Kazi, senior research scientist at VTT, the Technical Research Centre of Finland is a Civil Engineer by profession, a Construction Manager by area of specialisation, and a knowledge management evangelist, construction IT specialist, groupware and collaborative tool explorer, virtual organisation researcher by area of interest and expertise. Sami has industrial experience and maintains close links with the construction industry throughout his research. He is actively involved with the industry on soft issues in KM in addition to the identification and development of IT infrastructures to support the same. Sami has conducted research in several areas including: project planning and control, computer based training, construction management, knowledge management, system dynamics, construction IT, information modelling, product and process modelling, cost planning and control, Internet based technologies, groupware tools and technologies, mobile communications, information modelling, mind mapping, concurrent engineering, virtual enterprises, organisational learning and assessment. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and a Master of Engineering degree in Construction Engineering and Management from the Middle East Technical University, Turkey, and the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand respectively. Sami is listed in the Marquis Who?s Who in Science and Engineering. [Editor]

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