Capitalising experiential knowledge for guiding construction procurement selection

Ng, S. Thomas, Luu, Chris D. T., & Skitmore, Martin (2005) Capitalising experiential knowledge for guiding construction procurement selection. The Australian Journal of Construction Economics and Building, 5(1), pp. 32-40.


Capitalising useful knowledge for construction procurement selection (CPS) decisions would provide a valuable asset to client organisations, as the successful/unsuccessful experience would help decision-makers avoid the occurrence of similar errors and ensure the most suitable procurement system is employed for a construction project. As a result, there is a need to examine the potential for developing a knowledge management model to capture and reuse experiential knowledge to guide CPS decisions. This paper begins by identifying a suitable approach for managing CPS knowledge. This is followed by a discussion of the knowledge required for CPS decision support. A prototype knowledge-management model is developed, using the Case-Based Reasoning (CBR) approach, and a mechanism for the retrieval and reuse of knowledge for guiding CPS decisions is elucidated. The results indicate that CBR is a suitable tool for formulating the procurement selection parameters and selecting a suitable procurement system for a construction project. This is primarily because the CBR approach is flexible enough to allow closely matching historic cases to be retrieved as well as enabling the decision-maker to adapt the proposed solution based on the predominant characteristics of the client, project and external environment pertinent to the current project.

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ID Code: 2743
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Case, based reasoning, construction procurement, knowledge management, procurement selection parameters
ISSN: 1445-2634
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > BUILDING (120200) > Quantity Surveying (120203)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 Australian Institute of Building
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 29 Nov 2005 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:12

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