Management of knowledge in project environments is a unique text that brings together contributions from leading academic practitioners, to demonstrate how the management of knowledge can lead to project success in today's complex and changing business environment. The work examines how the management of knowledge, particularly the sharing of knowledge and the importance of learning through reflection, can lead to project success and improved business performance. This book is written by an international contributor team and offers practical applications, models and case studies from a variety of international perspectives.

Key Features

* Demonstrates how the management of knowledge can lead to success in project outcomes * Highlights the importance of inter- and intra- organizational learning * Incorporates international case studies to demonstrate how knowledge can be effectively managed


Knowledge management practitioners; project management practitioners; postgraduate courses

Table of Contents

Introduction; Conceptualizing and implementing knowledge management; Knowledge integration process and dynamics within the context of cross functional teams; Co-creation of knowledge by multidisciplinary project teams;Influences of knowledge sharing and hoarding in project based firms; A community perspective on managing knowledge in project environments; Managing Knowledge in project-based professional services firms; Building a learning organization in a project based environment;Reflection, participation, and learning in project environments; Managing projects through reflection; Making sense of learning landscapes in project-based organizations; Learning from project failure. Contributors: T. Brady, CENTRIM, Freeman Centre, University of Brighton, UK M. Bresnen, Management Centre, University of Leicester, UK S. Cicmil, Bristol Business School, University of the West of England, UK C. Eden, Department of Management Science, University of Strathclyde, UK L. Edelman, Bentley College, USA D.J. Edwards, Department of Building and Construction Engineering, Loughborough University, UK P.S.W. Fong, Department of Building and Real Estate, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China M. Gustafsson, Research Manager, Research Institute for Project Based Industry, Finland J. Hall, Haskayne Business School, University of Calgary, Canada S. Howick, Department of Management Science, University of Strathclyde, UK J. Huang, Nottingham University Business School, UK Z. Irani, Department of Information Systems and Computing, Brunel University, UK J. Liebowitz, Department of Information Technology Johns Hopkins University, USA P.E.D. Love, School of Management Information Systems, Edith Cowan University, Australia A. Prencipe, Faculty of Economics, University G.d’Annunzio, Italy N.


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About the editors

Peter Love

Director of Research for the Working e-Business (We-B)Centre and Postgraduate Research Degree Coordinator in the School of Management Information Systems at Edith Cowan University, Australia. He also acts as the Asia Pacific Editor for Journal of Enterprise Information Management and Senior Editor for e-Government Quarterly.

Patrick Fong

Associate Professor in the Department of Building and Real Estate at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He is Adjunct Professor at University of Technology, Sydney. Dr Fong maintains close links with industry, and is Vice President of the Hong Kong Knowledge Management Society.

Zahir Irani

Director of Postgraduate Studies in the Department of Information Systems and Computing, Brunel University, UK. He is a non-executive director of a leading engineering company and consults for global organizations such as Royal Dutch Shell Petroleum, DERA, BMW and Adidas.


“Projects are the way that knowledge workers do their work. This comprehensive book tells you far more about how to create, share, and apply knowledge in projects than any other source. Make it your project to read it.” Thomas H. Davenport, President's Distinguished Professor of Information Technology and Management, Babson College, Accenture Fellow. "Management of Knowledge in Project Environments is a major contribution to effective project work. In an excellent manner the chapters broaden the perspectives for project work from traditional information considerations to more important knowledge-related processes. A persistent problem in project work has always been the alignment of execution to the project's intent and purpose. This book recognizes the execution problem for what it is -- a "Knowledge Problem." The editors and chapter authors provide excellent and well-founded knowledge management approaches for practitioners to manage individual projects as well as building expertise and from project to project. In today's business environment project work becomes more prevalent and therefore the need for more effective project work is more important than ever. This book provides an important tool for anyone who wishes to conduct effective project work in the knowledge era." Karl M. Wiig, Chairman, Knowledge Research Institute, Inc. "Management of Knowledge in Project Environments is a rich and comprehensive look at how the worlds of Knowledge Management and Project Management intersect. A must read for those who are project managers, or aspiring to be one. I especially like how the authors bring in relevant projects to make their points." Michael Stankosky, D.Sc., Associate Professor of Systems Engineering and Lead Professor of Knowledge Management, The George Washington University, Washington, D