Title: Closing the circle: the knowledge management spiral of project management

Authors: Kam Jugdev

Addresses: Project Management and Strategy, Centre for Innovative Management, Athabasca University, Athabasca, Alberta; Schulich School of Engineering, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Abstract: Using Nonaka|s conceptual framework, we present empirical findings from a study on project management knowledge-sharing practices. Following a review of key concepts on competitive advantage and project management, we present our theoretical framework and methodology. The paper places our knowledge-sharing spiral findings in the context of an earlier multivariate study. Our findings support the Socialisation-Externalisation-Combination-Internalisation knowledge transfer model, as the majority of the correlations were highest as one moved between the four quadrants; the lowest correlation was between Externalisation and Combination. Although the correlations between the four modes of knowledge sharing did not consistently show strong enough relationships to support the view that project management as a whole was a source of temporary or sustained competitive advantage, the findings support the importance of emphasising knowledge development and sharing among all four quadrants.

Keywords: competitive advantage; empirical study; knowledge sharing spiral; project management; knowledge management.

DOI: 10.1504/IJKMS.2007.012533

International Journal of Knowledge Management Studies, 2007 Vol.1 No.3/4, pp.423 - 441

Available online: 20 Feb 2007 *

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