||A dialectic of process and tool:knowledge transfer and decision-making strategies in the building deliveryprocess
||Mahdavi A, Lam K P
||The building delivery process has traditionally been regarded as a discreteand sequential set of activities. This state of affairs is the result of a historicalevolution driven by many factors, one of which might be the necessity toorganize the activities for the purpose of establishing a professional feestructure that is commensurate with the scope of work and level ofaccountability or responsibility. However, within the context of rapid changingtechnologies, production processes as well as knowledge explosion, the existingframework no longer seems effective or capable of meeting the increasinglycomplex demands associated with the creation of the built environment.The capabilities of decision support tools are expanding but they still fallshort of anticipating or challenging the very logic of the rather static processesthey are supposed to support, This paper examines the necessary conditionsunder which significant structural changes in the building delivery process canevolve and the related implications for future development of decision supporttools. It also explores hidden potentials of existing tools and proposeenhancements to facilitate effective knowledge transfer and processmanagement.
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||building delivery process; computer-aided design support tools; knowledgetransfer; adaptive-iterative approach; tradition and innovation
Mahdavi A, Lam K P (1993).
A dialectic of process and tool:knowledge transfer and decision-making strategies in the building deliveryprocess. Mathur K S, Betts M P, Tham K W (editors); Management of information technology for construction; Singapore, August 1993,