A successful construction business is a knowledge business. And knowledge must be managed effectively to be used efficiently, especially in a complex project-oriented business such as construction, where skills acquired and lessons learned on one project need to be applied to the next.
A holistic approach to knowledge management (KM) is taken in this book to incorporate all of the relevant themes, tackling technological, socio-cultural and organizational issues, with the creation of value as a focus throughout. Information is drawn from a broad range of sources to explain core theories and provide guidance on practical application. Topics covered include:
Written by the authors of the first EU-funded KM research project in the field of construction, this textbook is uniquely well-researched, and is the perfect introduction to KM for students across the built environment. It is also a crucial guide to the topic for practitioners.
"…offers a credible introduction to many issues relevant to harvesting and managing knowledge in construction. The text is comprehensive in coverage, hence a great generic reference source. As such, it offers good value for money."
Construction Management and Economics
1. Introduction 2. Changing Business Relationships 3. Construction in the Knowledge Economy 4. Evolution of Knowledge Management in the Construction Industry 5. Knowledge Perspectives, Approaches and Creation Processes 6. Knowledge Management Systems 7. Domain Conceptualization through Ontology 8. Construction Ontology Development 9. Complex Problem Solving: The Use of Evolutionary Algorithms 10. Application of Genetic Algorithms for Design 11. Future Technology for Knowledge Management 12. Knowledge-Infused Alliances of Companies 13. Ingredients for a Successful Knowledge Construction Organisation 14. Value Creation: The Future of Knowledge Management in Construction