Managing Change in Construction Projects: A Knowledge-Based Approach

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Wiley, Jan 31, 2011 - Technology & Engineering - 200 pages
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Managing Change in Construction Projects: a knowledge-basedapproach offers a new perspective on construction projectchange by viewing the process of change management as aknowledge-intensive activity, where team members bring their tacitand explicit knowledge into the situation; share, create andcapture this collective knowledge for future re-use in similarsituations.

Through this knowledge-based approach, construction teams cansuccessfully resolve and learn from change events, leading to anoverall improved performance of the industry.

The book will make a significant contribution to ourunderstanding of construction project change by offering newtheoretical and practical insights and models grounded in resultsof case studies conducted within two collaborative constructionproject team settings.

By demonstrating how the social construction of knowledge worksin construction settings, the authors challenge the prevailingchange management solutions based on ‘hard’ ITapproaches. They put forward a balanced view that incorporates bothIT–based and socially constructed approaches to effectivemanagement of construction project change.

  • helps construction managers to improve and learn through theprocess of construction project change
  • presents new theoretical models and offers practicalguidelines
  • first research-based book to directly address project changefrom a knowledge-based perspective
  • draws on detailed studies with construction companies,including Ballast Construction and Kier Construction
  • encourages a move from the information driven, processintegrated approach to a knowledge-based view

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About the author (2011)

Sepani Senaratne, Senior Lecturer, Department of BuildingEconomics, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka
Research Director of the department research unit - BuildingEconomics and Management Research Unit (BEMRU) and the leader ofBEMRU research group on 'Knowledge management and OrganisationalLearning.' Main contact from University of Moratuwa for theinstitutional membership of CIB – (International Council forResearch and Innovation in Building and Construction).

Professor Martin Sexton, Director of Research, School ofConstruction Management and Engineering, University of Reading,UK
Director of Research for the School of Construction Management andEngineering. Leads the 'green innovation and transition management'research theme across the School. Joint Coordinator of theInternational Council for Research and Innovation in Building andConstruction (CIB) Working Commission 65 (Organisation andManagement of Construction). The CIB is the leading world widenetwork of approximately 7000 researchers in the built environmentdiscipline with over forty working commissions. WC 65 is one of theCIB's largest groupings with around 150 members from 45countries.

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