Building on knowledge: developing expertise, creativity and intellectual capital in the construction professions. By David Bartholomew, Wiley-Blackwell, London, 2008. 320pp, ISBN 978-1-405-14709-5, £52.50 (pb)
This guide shows design practices and other construction professionals how to manage knowledge successfully. It explains how to develop and implement a knowledge management strategy, and how to avoid the pitfalls, focusing on the techniques of learning and knowledge sharing that are most relevant in professional practice. Expensive IT–based ‘solutions’ bought off–the–shelf rarely succeed in a practice context, so the emphasis here is on people–centred techniques, which recognize and meet real business knowledge needs and fit in with the organizational culture. Knowledge is supplanting physical assets as the dominant basis of capital value and an understanding of how knowledge is acquired, shared and used is increasingly crucial in organizational success. Most business leaders recognize this, but few have yet succeeded in making it the pervasive influence on management practice that it needs to become; that has turned out to be harder than it looks.