Building a Knowledge Management System in a Design Firm: The Case of XYZ Structural Department

Building a Knowledge Management System in a Design Firm: The Case of XYZ Structural Department

Toufic Mezher (American University of Beirut, Lebanon), M.A. Abdul-Malak (American University of Beirut, Lebanon), Mohamad Khaled (XYZ Engineering Company, Lebanon) and Ibrahim El-Khatib (XYZ Engineering Company, Lebanon)
Copyright: © 2009 |Pages: 17
DOI: 10.4018/jcit.2009070101
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Abstract

Knowledge management represents a strategic vision for developing an organization’s performance and its likelihood of success in dealing with future challenges in its industry. The case starts by discussing the importance of knowledge management in improving the competitive edge of firms in general and of consulting firms in particular. Then, the case discusses the process of building a knowledge management system in the structural engineering department at a leading engineering design consulting firm, based in the Republic of Lebanon. The knowledge, both tacit and explicit, needed during the design phase is identified and mapped according to the adopted design process, and an expert system was built to capture some of the tacit knowledge needed in the conceptual design stage of the process. In addition, an intranet Web-based knowledge management system was developed with the aim of helping diffuse both explicit and tacit knowledge.

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