Derek H. T. Walker

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Construction and engineering projects are typically complex in nature and are prone to cost and schedule overruns. A significant factor that often contributes to these overruns is rework. Omissions errors, in particular, have been found to account for as much as 38% of the total rework costs experienced. To date, there has been limited research that has(More)
Outsourcing has recently spurred broad discussions due to the relatively high failure rate of outsourced activities. To analyze how organizations can increase their success rate of outsourcing activities, the authors take a two-prong approach to the outsourcing decision and execution process, covering the "why" and "how to" outsource. To determine the(More)
Purpose – Competitive advantage can be gained in several ways including gaining a knowledge advantage (K-Adv). This paper sets out to report on the first stage of broad study to assess the effectiveness of implementing an enterprise resource planning system (ERP) from a knowledge management (KM) perspective. Design/methodology/approach – The study used a(More)
We present a unique case report of a 41-year-old man involved in a hit-and-run accident. The patient suffered a complete disruption of the pelvi-ureteric junction along with a fracture of the L3 transverse process. Occasionally seen in children, we believe this to be the first reported adult case. The report details the presentation and symptoms, with(More)
The aim of this paper is to explain how sticky-knowledge theory (Szulanski, 1996;2003) is applicable to both knowledge transfer as well as innovation diffusion when applied to promoting innovation. Knowledge about how innovation drivers and inhibitors can assist project-based organisations to be more competitive is important in improving processes of(More)
During the past decade a paradigm shift in the domain of knowledge management (KM) has emerged out of learning occurred from unfulfilled KM initiatives. This emerging KM perspective considers it to be more of a human activity rather than a technological endeavour. The notion that knowledge can readily be captured and embedded in machines to be easily shared(More)
The crux of knowledge management theory is to devise different strategies to capture the tacit knowledge of the people in the organization, to make it explicit and to share it throughout the organization. This paper draws from the literature in cognitive psychology and highlights the limitation of the human mind by observing that knowledge is lost out of(More)
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