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An analytic knowledge network process for construction entrepreneurship education

Zhen Chen (Institute of Technology and Engineering, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand)
Heng Li (Department of Building and Real Estate, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong)
Stephen C.W. Kong (Department of Building and Civil Engineering, Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK)
Qian Xu (Department of Building and Real Estate, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong)

Journal of Management Development

ISSN: 0262-1711

Article publication date: 1 January 2006



The purpose of this paper is to provide a quantitative multicriteria decision‐making approach to knowledge management in construction entrepreneurship education by means of an analytic knowledge network process (KANP).


The KANP approach in the study integrates a standard industrial classification with the analytic network process (ANP). For the construction entrepreneurship education, a decision‐making model named KANP.CEEM is built to apply the KANP method in the evaluation of teaching cases to facilitate the case method, which is widely adopted in entrepreneurship education at business schools.


The study finds that there are eight clusters and 178 nodes in the KANP.CEEM model, and experimental research on the evaluation of teaching cases discloses that the KANP method is effective in conducting knowledge management to the entrepreneurship education.

Research limitations/implications

As an experimental research, this paper ignores the concordance between a selected standard classification and others, which perhaps limits the usefulness of KANP.CEEM model elsewhere.

Practical implications

As the KANP.CEEM model is built based on the standard classification codes and the embedded ANP, it is thus expected that the model has a wide potential in evaluating knowledge‐based teaching materials for any education purpose with a background from the construction industry, and can be used by both faculty and students.


This paper fulfils a knowledge management need and offers a practical tool for an academic starting out on the development of knowledge‐based teaching cases and other teaching materials or for a student going through the case studies and other learning materials.



Chen, Z., Li, H., Kong, S.C.W. and Xu, Q. (2006), "An analytic knowledge network process for construction entrepreneurship education", Journal of Management Development, Vol. 25 No. 1, pp. 11-27.



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