|dc.description.abstract||The construction industry is one of the largest industries in Norway and one of the
least digitized industries worldwide. Construction organizations are characterized
by its complexity and project-based work. In these organizations, each project can
be viewed as a separate unique organization, and therefore, sharing of best practices
may be hindered. As a result, every project starts from scratch and the same
mistakes repeat themselves in several projects. In other words, there is a low level
of lesson learned.
There is a great potential for digital improvements in construction organizations as
some are still using paper drawings and traditional methods. Digitalization has the
potential to fundamentally change the manner of working in construction
organizations by increasing information flow and coordination and integrating
separate units and individuals. Digitalization in construction organizations is a
highly important issue and several initiatives have been started worldwide to foster
development in this area.
The characteristics of project-based work and the low level of both knowledge
sharing and digitalization have inspired us to investigate these concepts further.
Based on this, we formed the following research question: How can digitalization
facilitate knowledge sharing between projects in construction organizations? With
a qualitative case study, we wanted to do a contextual study to get an in-depth
understanding. We conducted a single case study where we examined a Norwegian
construction organization. In our study, we used a triangulation strategy with
interviews as the main source for data.
In our study, we have managed to identify the importance of knowledge sharing in
construction organizations. In addition, our findings show a recognition of
knowledge sharing between projects as valuable, although it is currently not
properly facilitated in the studied organization. We have recognized several barriers
and possibilities for knowledge sharing between projects and have discussed how
digitalization can overcome these barriers.||nb_NO