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Managing Knowledge in Project Environments - by Judy Payne & Steve Simister (Paperback)
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Managing Knowledge in Project Environments illustrates how the trouble with knowledge management is that it can mean anything from documents and data systems to managing ideas. This confusion is exacerbated in a project environment where managers work on deliverables or goals and rarely have time for knowledge; the ’not invented here’ syndrome makes some project managers reticent to adopt general knowledge management practice; and where there is a tendency to use templates, tools and registers to write things down with little thought for their context or subsequent application. To overcome this challenge, the authors present Knowledge Management (KM) as a series of principles, choices and contextual factors - providing readers with a framework for understanding and thinking about what KM means for their context: their projects, their organisations and their working environment. Interest is growing in projects as complex, social systems; skills such as sensemaking and searching online for information; and in online communities, virtual teams and social networking. Knowledge creation, knowledge sharing and learning take place in complex human systems. Managing Knowledge in Project Environments connects all these emerging aspects of project management and offers those working on projects a definitive short guide to the subject.