The knowledge enablers of knowledge transfer: a study in the construction industries in Ghana

Owusu-Manu, D.-G. and Edwards, D.J. and Pärn, E.A. and Antwi-Afari, M.F. and Aigbavboa, C. (2018) The knowledge enablers of knowledge transfer: a study in the construction industries in Ghana. Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology, 16 (2). pp. 194-210. ISSN 1726-0531

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Abstract

Purpose

This research aims to investigate and identify knowledge transfer (KT) enablers within the developing country of Ghana. These enablers act as mechanisms to stimulate knowledge creation, knowledge protection and build effective knowledge-sharing (KS) behaviour in construction companies – consequently, they are crucial to business survival in a globally competitive market.

Design/methodology/approach

A perception questionnaire survey was used to elicit responses from construction practitioners using purposive and snowballing non-probability sampling techniques. Summary statistical analysis and a chi-square test was used to uncover relationships between the independent and dependent variables.

Findings

An empirical examination of data collected indicated that knowledge strategy, organizational culture, information technology and knowledge leadership as knowledge enablers have a significant positive relationship with KT. Future research is however required to measure transfer within an organization vis-à-vis measure perception of such.

Originality/value

The work presents a rare glimpse of the relationship between knowledge enablers and KT (particularly in a developing country context) and as such provides utility to policymakers and construction firms to enhance their knowledge capabilities.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Construction Industry; Enablers; Ghana; Knowledge Sharing; Knowledge Transfer.
Subjects: K900 Others in Architecture, Building and Planning
Divisions: Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment > School of Engineering and the Built Environment
REF UoA Output Collections > REF2021 UoA13: Architecture, Built Environment and Planning
Depositing User: Euan Scott
Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2019 12:06
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2019 12:06
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/7025

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