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Title: Dynamics of learning for advancing improvement in organisations within the construction industry
Authors: Kululanga, Grant K.
Price, Andrew D.F.
McCaffer, Ronald
Keywords: Construction industry
Changing business environment
Continuous improvement
Learning dynamics
Issue Date: 1999
Publisher: Conseil International du Bâtiment
Citation: KULULANGA, G., PRICE, A. and MCCAFFER, R., 1999. Dynamics of learning for advancing improvement in organisations within the construction industry. IN: Proceedings of 1999 joint triennial symposium of CIB-W055 Construction Industry Economics commission and CIB-W065 Organisation and Management of Construction commission: Customer satisfaction: A Focus for Research and Practice, Cape Town, South Africa, 5-10 September 1999.
Abstract: Continuous improvement has become an ever present reality to construction organisations in their quest for improved performance and sustained competitive advantage. One major issue that infers great consequence in a changing business environment is the styles organisations employ to address improvement in their enterprises. This is becoming significantly important as one of the factors driving continuous improvement. As a result, calls have been made to adopt a culture of learning as part of an organisation’s core competence for all improvement schemes. Today’s highly successful companies are differentiated from others not so much by any single set of their knowledge, but equally, by their ability to learn as corporate entities. This paper explores the dynamics of learning by examining the styles organisations engage to address their improvement. The paradigms involved in the styles of organisational learning provide useful lessons for understanding and undertaking continuous improvement schemes in construction organisations. The paper adopts these lessons to evolve a framework within which continuous improvement schemes desired in construction industry should take place.
Version: Published
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/23901
Publisher Link: http://www.irbnet.de/daten/iconda/CIB3267.pdf
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ISBN: 9780620239448
0620239441
Appears in Collections:Conference Papers (Civil and Building Engineering)

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