Refining the classification of knowledge transfer mechanisms for project-to-projects knowledge sharing: A latent class analysis approach

Corro Van Waveren, L.A.G. Oerlemans, Tinus Pretorius

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Abstract

Due to the complex, unique, and temporary nature of projects, project-to-project knowledge transfer is regarded as challenging by, and has attracted attention from both practitioners and academic scholars. The challenging nature of project-to-project knowledge transfer led to the proliferation of a host of tools and instruments (so-called knowledge transfer mechanisms) in which little structure can be discovered making selection by (project) managers a difficult task. Informed by the extant literature, this paper aims to deal with this unstructured proliferation by empirically categorizing knowledge transfer mechanisms. The study takes stock of the wide range of knowledge transfer mechanisms available, and analyses them in terms of specific characteristics (e.g. explicitness or reach). A multi method approach is used in which a multi-level latent class analysis is applied on data collected via an expert panel. Five categories of transfer mechanisms could be empirically established where these mechanisms showed common characteristics. The taxonomy developed will allow organisations and project managers to more efficiently select appropriate transfer mechanisms for use in project-to-project knowledge transfer.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-16
JournalSouth African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences
Volume20
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 5 Oct 2017

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Latent class analysis
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Project manager
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Taxonomy

Keywords

  • Knowledge transfer mechanism, latent class analysis.
  • Project Management

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Refining the classification of knowledge transfer mechanisms for project-to-projects knowledge sharing : A latent class analysis approach. / Van Waveren, Corro; Oerlemans, L.A.G.; Pretorius, Tinus.

In: South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences, Vol. 20, No. 1, 05.10.2017, p. 1-16.

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