Knowledge Management in a Project Climate
Elayne Coakes (University of Westminster, UK), Anton Bradburn (University of Westminster, UK) and Cathy Black (Taylor Woodrow, UK)
Copyright: © 2005
This case study concerns the company Taylor Woodrow, which is a housing, property, and construction business operating internationally in situations where frontline operations are characterised by project management. Construction projects can sometimes carry substantial risk, and this case examines the role of knowledge management at Taylor Woodrow in minimising the probability of mischance by promoting best practice and lessons learned. The case shows how best practice can be developed through knowledge-sharing facilitated by networks of relationships. Some relationships are external — between the company, its partners, suppliers, and customers. Other relationships are internal — between frontline managers on construction sites and headquarters’ staff. The case study indicates how knowledge is collated and distributed for the mutual benefit of all stakeholders.