[German title: Wissensschaffung in thailändischen Bauprojekten]
Title: Factors inducing knowledge creation: empirical evidence from Thai construction projects
Author(s): Wasan Teerajetgul, Chotchai Charoenngam
Journal: Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management
Year: 2006 Volume: 13 Issue: 6 Page: 584 – 599
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Abstract: Purpose – This research is aimed at examining the relationships between knowledge factors and the knowledge creation process in construction projects, paying particular attention to on-site work.
Design/methodology/approach – The design of this research is cross-sectional and uses a blended methodological approach of both quantitative and qualitative methods. The research model includes the following variables; six knowledge factors: vision of leadership, trust, collaboration, incentives, information technology (IT) support, and individual competencies; and four knowledge creation processes: socialization, externalization, combination, and internalization. Survey data from 70 construction projects in Thai construction firms, obtained by means of a questionnaire developed by the researcher, were collated and analyzed. As a means of testing the model, regression analysis techniques were used to analyze the data.
Findings – Consistent with previous empirical evidence, three knowledge factors affected the knowledge creation process: incentives, IT, and individual competencies. It was noted that these factors overlay the knowledge creation process at all execution stages of on-site construction.
Originality/value – This research is expected to contribute to a better understanding of important knowledge factors and knowledge management research in Thai construction that is still at an infancy stage. In order to build a knowledge creative culture, construction project executives need to support and maximize the value of human assets (individual competencies). Furthermore, facilitating IT-supported knowledge management in construction projects needs to be considered and emphasized needs to be placed on productive work and gain a competitive advantage.
Keywords: Communication technologies, Construction operations, Knowledge creation, Knowledge management, Thailand
Article Type: Research paper
© 2006 Emerald Group Publishing Limited