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A knowledge‐capture report for multidisciplinary design environments

Isao T. Matsumoto (Engineering Doctorate Research Engineer with the Centre for Innovative Construction Engineering (CICE) based at Loughborough University, Loughborough LE11 3TU, UK (isao.matsumoto@whitbybird.com).)
John Stapleton (Process Improvement Manager at whitbybird, 60 Newman Street, London W1T 3DA, UK.)
Jacqueline Glass (Lecturer in Architectural Engineering in the Department of Civil and Building Engineering at Loughborough University, Loughborough LE11 3TU, UK (j.glass@lboro.ac.uk).)
Tony Thorpe (Head of the Department of Civil and Building Engineering at Loughborough University, Loughborough LE11 3TU, UK (a.thorpe@lboro.ac.uk).)

Journal of Knowledge Management

ISSN: 1367-3270

Article publication date: 1 June 2005

Abstract

Purpose

Organisations must continually innovate to remain competitive. A by‐product of innovation is new knowledge. In a knowledge economy, an organisation's ability to manage its knowledge can mean the difference between commercial success and failure. A key aspect of being able to manage knowledge is the ability to identify and capture it. This paper aims to present the development of the knowledge‐capture report (KCR) and the results of its use at the third TeamWork demonstration event for collaborative working.

Design/methodology/approach

Quantifying the number of discrete pieces of knowledge captured in the KCR and categorising the type and quantity of knowledge captured demonstrate the practicality and effectiveness of the KCR in a dynamic multidisciplinary design team environment.

Findings

The different approaches that were observed and adopted by the participants using the KCR highlight a number of key issues that need to be considered when attempting to capture knowledge in a constantly evolving design environment.

Originality/value

The use of the KCR by a wide range of industry practitioners demonstrates a quick, effective and low‐cost approach to capturing project knowledge and events. It could be adopted easily by the engineering and construction (AEC) industry as an entry point to managing knowledge, particularly in complex, multi‐disciplinary design environments.

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Citation

Matsumoto, I.T., Stapleton, J., Glass, J. and Thorpe, T. (2005), "A knowledge‐capture report for multidisciplinary design environments", Journal of Knowledge Management, Vol. 9 No. 3, pp. 83-92. https://doi.org/10.1108/13673270510602782

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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