Dynamic knowledge creation through value management teams

Sik Wah Fong, Martyn J. Hills, Carolyn S. Hayles

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Abstract

With the intention of introducing unique and value-added products to the market, organizations have become more conscious of how to best create knowledge as reported by Ganesh Bhatt in 2000 in "Information dynamics, learning and knowledge creation in organizations." Knowledge creation is recognized as having an important role in generating and sustaining a competitive advantage as well as in meeting organizational goals, as reported by Aleda Roth and her colleagues in 1994 in "The knowledge factory for accelerated learning practices." One of the successful ingredients of value management (VM) is its utilization of diverse knowledge resources, drawing upon different organizational functions, professional disciplines, and stakeholders, in a facilitated team process. Multidisciplinary VM study teams are viewed as having high potential to innovate due to their heterogeneous nature. This paper looks at one of the VM workshop's major benefits, namely, knowledge creation. A case study approach was used to explore the nature, processes, and issues associated with fostering a dynamic knowledge creation capability within VM teams. The results indicate that the dynamic knowledge creating process is embedded in and influenced by managing team constellation, creating shared awareness, developing shared understanding, and producing aligned action. The catalysts that can speed up the processes are open dialogue and discussion among participants. This process is enhanced by the use of facilitators, skilled at extracting knowledge.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)40-49
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Management in Engineering
Volume23
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2007

Keywords

  • Knowledge-based systems
  • Organizations
  • Value engineering

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Industrial relations
  • Engineering(all)
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research

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