Knowledge Management and Its Appication to Lean Construction

Yu-Cheng Lin1 & H. Ping Tserng2

1Ph.D. Candidate, Construction Engineering & Management Program, Department of Civil Engineering, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, yucheng@ce.ntu.edu.tw
2Associate Professor, Construction Engineering & Management Program, Department of Civil Engineering, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, hptserng@ce.ntu.edu.tw

Abstract

Knowledge Management (KM) has become one of the most significant terms in the IT industry. Knowledge management deals with creating, securing, capturing, coordinating, combining, retrieving, and distributing knowledge. Knowledge sharing between different projects is viewed as an essential source to gain the competitive advantage in the future. Lean construction comes from acknowledging the limitations of current project management and applying “lean production’ to the construction industry. This paper presents an example of implementing of construction knowledge management to construction projects, exploring the relationship between knowledge management and lean construction. It shows that project control could encompass the cost and time consuming by adopting knowledge management concepts and tools in lean construction. The application of knowledge management to implement the lean construction in the construction phase is discussed in this paper through the presentation of a construction project-based knowledge management concept and system for general contractors. The results of real case approve that knowledge management is a useful tool for the application of lean construction in project life cycle by utilizing the latest web technology for knowledge management systems.

Keywords

Lean Construction, Knowledge Management, Project Management.

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Lin, Y. & Tserng, H.P. 2003, 'Knowledge Management and Its Appication to Lean Construction' In:, 11th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction. Virginia, USA, 1-.

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