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Journal Issue
Volume 6 Issue 2 / Nov 2008  pp123‑216

Editor: Ann Brown

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Comparison of Web and Telephone Survey Response Rates in Saudi Arabia  pp123‑132

Ali A. Al-Subaihi

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Pragmatic Research Design: an Illustration of the Use of the Delphi Technique  pp133‑140

Trevor Amos, Noel Pearse

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Undertaking a Structured Literature Review or Structuring a Literature Review: Tales from the Field  pp141‑152

Andrew Armitage, Diane Keeble-Allen

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Tales of an Immersed Researcher: Dealing with an Intimate Experience of Practice, New Perspectives on the Politics of Regulatory Change and Communication  pp153‑160

Peter A. Dyer

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Scale Development Process: Service Quality in Car Rental Services  pp161‑174

Erdogan H. Ekiz, Ali Bavik

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Building Knowledge — Developing a Grounded Theory of Knowledge Management for Construction  pp175‑182

Brian Graham, Ken Thomas

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Abstract

As part of an on‑going doctoral study, a constructivist approach to grounded theory is being used to develop an integrated model of knowledge management (KM) for the leading Irish construction organisations. Using multiple data collection methods; employees in a number of these organisations have participated, from recent graduates through to senior managers. While the need to effectively manage knowledge within large construction organisations is well recognised, a gap exists between the theory of KM and its implementation in practice. This paper considers the research in terms of its philosophical position, the use of grounded theory and the research methods utilised, from theoretical and practical perspectives. Progress in the study thus far is presented and future directions considered in achieving theoretical saturation and a well developed model. It is anticipated that the study will contribute to the field of construction management where further empirical research into KM is required. Much previous research in the area of KM in construction has focussed solely on technological, cultural or strategic issues in the development of KM models. The developed integrated model will form the basis of education and guidance resources on KM for the leading Irish construction organisations. As a traditional and pragmatic industry, the rationale for using grounded theory is provided from the viewpoint that it requires researchers to focus upon developing theory which produces explanations that are recognisable to the subjects of the research. In order to ensure the credibility of the developed model, it will be evaluated by industry as part of a pilot KM education programme, with further refinement if necessary. 

 

Keywords: Construction, constructivism, grounded theory, knowledge management, mixed methods

 

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Grounded Suggestions for Doing a Grounded Theory Business Research  pp183‑198

Keith Ng, Stewart Hase

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Systematic Literature Searching and the Bibliographic Database Haystack  pp199‑208

Douglas Page

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Using Plenary Focus Groups in Information Systems Research: More than a Collection of Interviews  pp209‑216

Polly Sobreperez

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