Pathirage, C. P., Amaratunga, Dilanthi and Haigh, Richard (2005) Recognising the importance of "Tacit" skills of the construction worker in a knowledge environment. In: ACROM Doctoral Workshop, 30th November 2005, School of the Built Environment, Northumbria University. (Unpublished)

Construction knowledge workers and their tacit knowledge skills in particular are still considered to be relatively unexplored. Hence, proper understanding and management of this resource is of immense importance for better performance of the industry as a whole. The paper stresses the value of the knowledge worker and their tacit knowledge skills in construction and highlights the importance of skills, training and development of construction workers. Selecting right human resource policies and ensuring knowledge supportive culture are highlighted as two dimensions in construction knowledge worker development. This paper argues that this provides a valid basis to embrace the concept of knowledge worker and the importance of tacit knowledge skills at all levels within construction organisations.

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