Exploring Socially Structured Knowledge in the Construction Industry

Anne Kokkonen

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Abstract

Purpose - In this paper I contribute to the understanding of social structures that are connected to knowledge in the construction industry. Project based networks are commonly used in the construction industry. In these networks different specialized subfields need to find ways to collaborate with each other. Knowledge sharing and knowledge creation are essential for the collaboration between construction professionals. This paper describes how social structures are connected to knowledge, by analysing construction professionals' expectations of other stakeholders' actions. These expectations create social roles that influence the interaction and knowledge sharing between stakeholders.

Design/methodology/approach - The data consists of interviews conducted with professionals in several leading Finnish construction companies. This qualitative data is analysed with role theory which is based on social constructivism. In the interpretation of the data role theory is connected to different knowledge types.

Originality/value - This approach describes how professionals perceive their roles in complex project networks. Role and knowledge theories are used to gain a new understanding of social networks in the construction industry.

Practical implications - Coordination in construction projects is difficult because of the complex circumstances. An understanding of people's perceptions in their networks can be used to improve collaboration and coordination.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIFKAD - KCWS 2012: 7TH INTERNATIONAL FORUM ON KNOWLEDGE ASSET DYNAMICS, 5TH KNOWLEDGE CITIES WORLD SUMMIT
EditorsG Schiuma, JC Spender, T Yigitcanlar
Pages374-386
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 2012
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
Event7th International Forum on Knowledge Asset Dynamics (IFKAD) / 5th Knowledge Cities World Summit (KCWS) - Matera, Italy
Duration: 13 Jun 201215 Jun 2012

Conference

Conference7th International Forum on Knowledge Asset Dynamics (IFKAD) / 5th Knowledge Cities World Summit (KCWS)
CountryItaly
CityMatera
Period13/06/201215/06/2012

Keywords

  • Construction industry
  • social structures
  • knowledge
  • networks

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