Aspects of learning and knowledge in construction projects

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The construction industry is viewed globally as a project-based industry, as project personnel move from project to project upon completion. Society is also becoming knowledge-based, so that knowledge can provide firms with competitive advantage in this age of dwindling resources. As a result, two important issues arise that require our careful attention, i.e. the knowledge and learning aspects in construction projects. These issues influence the working of companies' employees as well as the quality of service provided to clients. CEOs from 200 top international design firms and 225 top international contractors were selected for this study in June 2004 with a 15.5% response rate. The study emphasizes that project-based organizations face many difficulties in ensuring adequate learning and knowledge sharing within and across projects, as projects themselves do not share experiences with other projects routinely and naturally. Both personalization and codification knowledge-sharing mechanisms should be properly deployed to projects in order to prevent employees from reinventing the wheel and leveraging on companies' knowledge stocks.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConstruction Research Congress 2005
Subtitle of host publicationBroadening Perspectives - Proceedings of the Congress
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 14 Nov 2005
EventConstruction Research Congress 2005: Broadening Perspectives - Proceedings of the Congress - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: 5 Apr 20057 Apr 2005


ConferenceConstruction Research Congress 2005: Broadening Perspectives - Proceedings of the Congress
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA


  • Knowledge management
  • Knowledge sharing
  • Learning
  • Project-based organizations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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