Project knowledge management 24639
Project knowledge management
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Does learning transfer from one project to another? If so, how? Projects are temporary organisations.

Evidence suggests that as projects transition from planning, building, to their running phases, a lot of explicit and implicit knowledge is lost. The result is institutional amnesia. James G. March, the admired Stanford Professor of organisational behaviour, advanced the idea of “myopia of learning” in companies. James found that organisations have a tendency to be short-sighted in learning across the three dimensions of space, time, and failure. Project organisations tend not to learn easily and when they do, they overweight learning's from nearby (vs far-away) places, recent (vs historical) examples, and success (vs failure) stories.

This talk will discuss the challenges of learning across projects, the underlying root causes of poor knowledge flows, and present a potential technological cure to help institutionalise knowledge in projects.

Dr Atif Ansar, Programme Director, MSc in Major Programme Management, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. Atif's expertise is on the confluence of large physical assets and technology. In particular, he is interested in how big capital projects have the potential to improve their performance and productivity across their whole life-cycle, with the use of technologies such as big data, shared platforms, automation, and artificial intelligence. 

He is the Chair and co-founder of a big data and advanced analytics firm called Foresight Works, which works with Fortune 500 companies in capital-intensive industries such as power utilities, oil and gas, or mining firms, and construction and engineering firms.

He also sits on the advisory board of a Silicon Valley AI-startup and Europe's Blockchain Centre, located in Vilnius, Lithuania. 

Atif is a Fellow of Keble College, University of Oxford and Programme Director of the MSc in Major Programme Management at Oxford Saïd Business School. Dr Ansar is a Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University (China’s top-ranked university) and a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University. 

Atif completed his DPhil (PhD) in 2010. Studying at Brasenose College, Oxford University, he received the prestigious Clarendon Award from the Oxford University Press for his doctorate. 

This event is suitable for professionals with a beginner's level of experience. 

This event is organised by APM Hong Kong Branch
Date & time
Monday 17 February 2020 6:30pm GMT
End date & time
Monday 17 February 2020 8:30pm GMT
CLP Holdings Limited
Room 1MN8
Laguna Verde Ave
Hong Kong
Category Lecture


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Date & time: 17/02/20 18:30:00 GMT