The University of Leicester Management Centre has been awarded a grant (£160,000 in total) by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council to investigate ‘Knowledge Management for Project-based Learning’.
This two-year project is supervised by Professor Harry Scarbrough, and is undertaken in collaboration with the inter-University IKON (Innovation, Knowledge and Organisational Networks Unit) which brings together researchers from the Universities of Leicester, London and Warwick.
The project involves a number of major organisations from a range of sectors - Unilever, Land-Rover, BT Labs, Birse Construction, Peterborough NHS Trust and Nycomed-Amersham. The aim is to improve the way in which organisations capture the learning generated during projects.
Professor Scarbrough explained: “At the moment, many companies find that the break-up of the team on completion of a project leads to the dispersal of much of the learning and knowledge generated. This results in the expensive and time-consuming need to ‘re-invent the wheel’ on other projects. By focusing on the organisational and behavioural factors which encourage groups and individuals to share knowledge, the project aims to identify a framework of management practices through which organisations will be able recycle project-based learning much more effectively.”
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