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Prototype system for knowledge problem definition

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posted on 09.02.2009, 13:26 by Ahmed M. Al-Ghassani, John M. Kamara, Chimay J. Anumba, Patricia CarrilloPatricia Carrillo
Attitudes to knowledge management (KM) have changed considerably as organizations are now realizing its benefits. Implementation, however, has been facing serious difficulties attributed to either not being able to anticipate the barriers when planning KM strategies or to using inappropriate methods and tools for implementation. These difficulties are more critical in construction due to the fragmented nature of the industry. This paper suggests that proper definition of a KM problem at the early stages of developing the KM initiatives will result in better control over the KM barriers. A methodology for identifying KM problems within a business context is then introduced. The methodology is encapsulated into a prototype software system, which facilitates its deployment in organizations and provides online help facilities. The methodology, development, operation, and evaluation of the prototype are described. The paper concludes that the prototype offers considerable potential for delivering a clarified KM problem and a distilled set of issues for an organization to address. This represents a significant first step in any KM initiative.



  • Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering


AL-GHASSANI, A.M. ... et al, 2006. Prototype system for knowledge problem definition. Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 132 (5), pp. 516-524




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