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Knowledge creation in construction organisations: a case approach

Harriet Eliufoo (Ardhi University, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania)

The Learning Organization

ISSN: 0969-6474

Article publication date: 23 May 2008

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to investigate and characterise the knowledge creation process in construction organisations and explore to what extent organisations facilitate the process.

Design/methodology/approach

A case study approach is adopted using four construction organisations; a knowledge creation model is also used as the analytical tool.

Findings

The model successfully identifies the characteristics of the knowledge creation process and its uniqueness among the cases studied; and that conscientious effort by organisations to facilitate the process is limited.

Research limitations/implications

The study is limited to intra‐firm knowledge creation.

Practical implications

Understanding of the knowledge creation process by organisations adopting the model is a potential platform for enhancement of the process in organisations.

Originality/value

The article provides the establishment of specific knowledge creation models through an empirical investigation of construction organisations.

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Citation

Eliufoo, H. (2008), "Knowledge creation in construction organisations: a case approach", The Learning Organization, Vol. 15 No. 4, pp. 309-325. https://doi.org/10.1108/09696470810879565

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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