Pathirage, C. P., Amaratunga, Dilanthi and Haigh, Richard (2006) Managing construction workers and their tacit knowledge in a knowledge environment: A conceptual framework. In: 6th International Postgraduate Research Conference in the Built and Human Environment, 6-7th April 2006, Delft University of Technology and TNO, Delft University, Netherlands. (Unpublished)

Within the construction industry, it is increasingly being acknowledged that
knowledge management can bring about the much needed innovation and improved
performance the industry requires. Nevertheless, sufficient attention is still to be received for
the concept of the knowledge worker and their tacit knowledge within construction industry.
Yet, proper understanding and management of this resource is of immense importance for the
achievement of better organisational performance. Hence, this paper aims to devise a
theoretical framework for managing construction knowledge worker and their tacit knowledge
based on review and synthesis of literature. Paper stresses the importance of construction
knowledge worker and tacit knowledge through review of literature and highlights prevailing
gap due to lack of attention and recognition given to the tacit knowledge in the construction
industry. Based on identified gap research aim, objectives and hypotheses are devised. As the
specific research methodology, the social constructionism stance in terms of epistemological
undertakings and idealistic approach under the ontological assumptions with value laden
purposes are suggested. Further, it recommends the deployment of multiple exploratory case
studies approach with triangulation techniques.


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