Title: Storytelling as a means to acquire and share knowledge in project-based companies

Authors: Kaj U. Koskinen

Addresses: Industrial Management and Engineering, Tampere University of Technology, Pori, Pohjoisranta 11, P.O. Box 300, FIN-28101 Pori, Finland

Abstract: The acquisition and sharing of knowledge through storytelling in a project work context represents a challenge that the most project-based companies are only now beginning to acknowledge. Therefore this conceptual article deals with a question of what kinds of stories are used in these types of companies. The article suggests that there are different types of stories (i.e. project company stories and project implementation stories) which may act as an important means in knowledge acquisition and sharing. It is also suggested that the managers of the project-based companies are in a key position in advancing knowledge sharing through storytelling.

Keywords: project implementation; project-based companies; knowledge acquisition; knowledge sharing; stories; storytelling; knowledge management.

DOI: 10.1504/IJKMS.2008.018323

International Journal of Knowledge Management Studies, 2008 Vol.2 No.2, pp.236 - 247

Published online: 15 May 2008 *

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