||The suitability of IT as a tool to facilitate knowledge sharing in construction alliances
||Ingirige B, Sexton M, Betts M
||The impact of environmental pressures has led many organisations to combinetheir resources and form alliances to develop and sustain competitiveness,profitability and long term growth. A review of the literature suggests thatconstruction firms are not significantly different from others in their behaviour inmeeting up the challenges imposed by the environment.Trends of forming strategic alliances therefore have embraced majority of thesectors of the construction industry. Not only do alliances act as vehicles forefficient project management but also they provide the opportunity for theorganizations to share participants' knowledge. In this paper, which is based on anongoing study, we argue that IT could be used as a tool to leverage sharedknowledge in alliances to improve organisational outcomes. Indeed the traditionalbelief among people that "knowledge is power", which inhibited intraorganisationalknowledge sharing, continues to act as a major constraint inalliance knowledge sharing too irrespective of the degree of IT use. In this paperwe demonstrate the use of IT to complement other socialisation mechanisms tocreate new knowledge. In the process we investigate the effectiveness and efficiencyof knowledge transfer mechanisms and link organisational outcomes to newknowledge creation.
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Ingirige B, Sexton M, Betts M (2002).
The suitability of IT as a tool to facilitate knowledge sharing in construction alliances. Agger K (ed.); Distributing knowledge in building; Arhus, June 12 - 14, Denmark (ISSN: 2706-6568),