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The effect of knowledge on system integration project performance

Han‐Kuk Hong (Department of Management Information System, Dong‐eui University, Busan, South Korea)
Jae‐Sik Kim (Samil PricewaterhouseCoopers, Advisory Services, Seoul, South Korea)
Taehun Kim (Department of E‐business, Kyungsung University, Busan, South Korea)
Byung‐Hak Leem (Department of Business Administration, Pusan University of Foreign Studies, Pusan, South Korea)

Industrial Management & Data Systems

ISSN: 0263-5577

Article publication date: 21 March 2008




The paper aims to clarify the relationships between various components of knowledge possessed by the members of system integration (SI) project team and the project performance of those team members. From this lessons are learnt on SI project management issues and managerial implications regarding team member knowledge management for project performance are provided.


The authors validated the model and tested the hypotheses using the structural equation model analysis LISREL.


Using data from 49 SI projects performed by a prominent consulting firm, the authors discovered a positive relationship between SI project team member knowledge and project performance. Notably, tacit knowledge was found to be influential, but explicit knowledge was not. The leadership capability of team leaders and the communication capability among team members were found to be important factors affecting project performance.

Research limitations/implications

A limited number of SI projects were analyzed due to difficulties with project selection and frequent movement of consultants during the data gathering process. As a result, additional analyses considering project size and complexity were not performed. Project team members' personal knowledge obtained through experience in similar projects or similar industries is very important to improve SI project performance. Leaders of participating SI projects have to think over project team members' tacit product knowledge and tacit process knowledge when building their project's team.


The main contribution of this paper lies in the establishment of a causal relationship between SI project team member knowledge and project performance, as well as in the proposed managerial implications for SI project knowledge management.



Hong, H., Kim, J., Kim, T. and Leem, B. (2008), "The effect of knowledge on system integration project performance", Industrial Management & Data Systems, Vol. 108 No. 3, pp. 385-404.



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