Examining the Adequacy of Knowledge Management Tools at the Project Level in Building Construction Firms


  • J. O. Olayiwola
  • A. D. Abdul’Azeez
  • A.M. Stanley


This study examines the adequacy of knowledge management tools at the project level in building construction firms. Despite the abundance and proliferation of various knowledge management tools and techniques, knowledge management approaches used by building construction firms are inadequate and weak. However, the assessment and rationale for the application of informal and unsystematic approach are not known. The aim of the study was to examine the adequacy of knowledge management tools with a view to enhancing best practices. The study utilized a descriptive survey research design. The study population of the building construction managers is 2,533 and out of which a sample of (330) construction managers from building construction firms in Lagos State, Nigeria were identified for this study. Data for the analysis were collected through self-administered questionnaires on building construction managers using random sampling method and were analyzed using descriptive statistics. The study revealed that knowledge management tools used were adequate if properly utilized by the construction firms. In conclusion, it was recommended that building construction firms should encourage teamwork building among building managers. In order to successfully capture, retain and transfer knowledge, senior management should recognize and plan for these needs so as to keep from losing valuable project knowledge.

Keywords: Construction firms, Knowledge, Knowledge management, Knowledge management tools, Knowledge management success