Knowledge transfer processes in PFI: Identification of barriers and enablers

Wisdom Kwawu*, Taha Elhag, Tabarak Ballal

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Increasingly, the UK's Private Finance Initiative has created a demand for construction companies to transfer knowledge from one organization or project to another. Knowledge transfer processes in such contexts face many challenges, due to the many resulting discontinuities in the involvement of organisations, personnel and information flow. This paper empirically identifies the barriers and enablers that hinder or enhance the transfer of knowledge in PFI contexts, drawing upon a questionnaire survey of construction firms. The main findings show that knowledge transfer processes in PFIs are hindered by time constraints, lack of trust, and policies, procedures, rules and regulations attached to the projects. Nevertheless, the processes of knowledge transfer are enhanced by emphasising the value and importance of a supportive leadership, participation/commitment from the relevant parties, and good communication between the relevant parties. The findings have considerable relevance to understanding the mechanism of knowledge transfer between organizations, projects and individuals within the PFI contexts in overcoming the barriers and enhancing the enablers. Furthermore, practitioners and managers can use the findings to efficiently design knowledge transfer frameworks that can be used to overcome the barriers encountered while enhancing the enablers to improve knowledge transfer processes.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCOBRA 2010
Subtitle of host publicationConstruction, Building and Real Estate Research Conference of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
PublisherRoyal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
ISBN (Print)9781842196199
Publication statusPublished - 2010
EventRICS Annual Construction, Building and Real Estate Research Conference 2010 - Dauphine Université, Paris, France
Duration: 2 Sept 20103 Sept 2010


ConferenceRICS Annual Construction, Building and Real Estate Research Conference 2010
Abbreviated titleCOBRA 2010


  • Communication
  • Knowledge transfer
  • Private finance initiative
  • Translation
  • UK

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Building and Construction


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