Tacit knowledge generation and utilisation in the construction industry

From process perspective

Chaminda Pathirage, Dilanthi Amaratunga, Richard Haigh

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

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Abstract

The importance of knowledge as a key determinant of organisational competitiveness and better performance is increasingly appreciated by both academics and practitioners. However, the concept of tacit knowledge still lacks sufficient attention within the construction industry, despite the fact that proper understanding and management of this resource is of immense importance for the achievement of better organisational performance. As the initial step towards the management of tacit knowledge, this paper examines the factors affecting tacit knowledge generation and utilisation in the construction industry. The study integrates theories of experiential learning, cognitive science and knowledge creation, in order to articulate the process of tacit knowledge generation and utilisation. The exploratory phase of the case study identified several factors affecting tacit knowledge generation and utilisation in an organisational context in terms of Individual level: Intra-personal drivers; Group level: Inter-personal drivers; and Organisational level: Situational drivers.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCOBRA 2008
Subtitle of host publicationConstruction and Building Research Conference of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
PublisherRoyal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
ISBN (Print)9781842194348, 1842194348
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2008
Externally publishedYes
EventConstruction and Building Research Conference of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, COBRA 2008 - Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 4 Sep 20085 Sep 2008

Conference

ConferenceConstruction and Building Research Conference of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, COBRA 2008
CountryIreland
CityDublin
Period4/09/085/09/08

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Pathirage, C., Amaratunga, D., & Haigh, R. (2008). Tacit knowledge generation and utilisation in the construction industry: From process perspective. In COBRA 2008: Construction and Building Research Conference of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
Pathirage, Chaminda ; Amaratunga, Dilanthi ; Haigh, Richard. / Tacit knowledge generation and utilisation in the construction industry : From process perspective. COBRA 2008: Construction and Building Research Conference of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, 2008.
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Tacit knowledge generation and utilisation in the construction industry : From process perspective. / Pathirage, Chaminda; Amaratunga, Dilanthi; Haigh, Richard.

COBRA 2008: Construction and Building Research Conference of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, 2008.

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Pathirage C, Amaratunga D, Haigh R. Tacit knowledge generation and utilisation in the construction industry: From process perspective. In COBRA 2008: Construction and Building Research Conference of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. 2008