Utilising Intranet technologies in construction sector SMEs: building up knowledge bases for extreme weather event risk management

Bingunath Ingirige, Gayan Wedawatta

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Abstract

Intranet technologies accessible through a web based platform are used to share and build knowledge bases in many industries. Previous research suggests that intranets are capable of providing a useful means to share, collaborate and transact information within an organization. To compete and survive successfully, business organisations are required to effectively manage various risks affecting their businesses. In the construction industry too this is increasingly becoming an important element in business planning. The ability of businesses, especially of SMEs which represent a significant portion in most economies, to manage various risks is often hindered by fragmented knowledge across a large number of businesses. As a solution, this paper argues that Intranet technologies can be used as an effective means of building and sharing knowledge and building up effective knowledge bases for risk management in SMEs, by specifically considering the risks of extreme weather events. The paper discusses and evaluates relevant literature in this regard and identifies the potential for further research to explore this concept.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCIB joint international symposium 2009
Subtitle of host publicationconstruction facing worldwide challenges
Place of PublicationRotterdam (NL)
PublisherCIB
Pages632-642
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 2009
EventCIB joint International symposium 2009 - Dubrovnic, Croatia
Duration: 27 Oct 20091 Nov 2009

Symposium

SymposiumCIB joint International symposium 2009
CountryCroatia
CityDubrovnic
Period27/10/091/11/09
OtherConstruction Facing Worldwide Challenges

Keywords

  • Intranets
  • knowledge management
  • SMEs
  • extreme weather events
  • EWEs

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