Knowledge sharing maturity model for Jordanian construction sector

Mohammed Arif (School of the Built Environment, University of Salford, Salford, UK)
Mohammed Al Zubi (School of the Built Environment, University of Salford, Salford, UK)
Aman Deep Gupta (College of Business, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Florida, USA)
Charles Egbu (School of the Built Environment and Architecture, London South Bank University, London, UK)
Robert O. Walton (College of Business, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Florida, USA)
Rubina Islam (College of Business and Law, University of Salford, Salford, UK)

Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management

ISSN: 0969-9988

Publication date: 16 January 2017

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to present a maturity model developed to assess knowledge sharing (KS) for the Jordanian construction sector.

Design/methodology/approach

The research was conducted in three stages. The first stage consisted of the review of literature and documenting variables from the literature that highlight influence on KS in organizations. The second stage was designed for maturity model development by identifying the cultural factors that affect KS in the Jordanian construction sector through questionnaires and interviews. Factor analysis was used to find possible relationships between the cultural variables followed by semi-structured interviews. In the third stage the initial maturity model was refined through another set of semi-structured interviews.

Findings

The model presented in the paper includes three levels of maturity. The first level identifies whether the variable barely exists in company’s KS practices. The second level shows the occasional techniques which the company uses to increase KS activities. The final level demonstrates the importance of the variable in affecting KS as being fundamentally ingrained in the company’s vision, mission, strategy and operations.

Originality/value

The research has developed a model that can be used to measure the KS in an organization. Although the model has been applied to the construction industry, it can easily be modified to fit in the other sectors.

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Citation

Arif, M., Al Zubi, M., Gupta, A., Egbu, C., Walton, R. and Islam, R. (2017), "Knowledge sharing maturity model for Jordanian construction sector", Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, Vol. 24 No. 1, pp. 170-188. https://doi.org/10.1108/ECAM-09-2015-0144

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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