• Managing COVID-19 related knowledge in the UK Infrastructure sector

      Jallow, Haddy; Renukappa, Suresh; Suresh, Subashini; Algahtani, Khaled; Garcia-Perez, Alexeis; Simkin, Lyndon (Academic Conferences International, 2021-09-03)
      COVID-19 has caused the most serious economic and health crisis globally that we have witnessed in decades. Millions of people across the world have lost jobs, while the healthcare systems are struggling to cope with the rapid increase in cases. Many sectors have been affected with this pandemic including the construction infrastructure sector which benefits from engineers and different staff members travelling to site and interacting/collaborating with peers. Infrastructure construction organisations have responded well during the pandemic in order to carry on works while minimising risks to their employees and their families, however management styles have had to be updated and the transferring/ storage and collection of knowledge has seen new processes and methods being adopted. The relationship between Knowledge and its management within the infrastructure sector during the COVID-19 Pandemic is a topic that has not been regularly researched. This paper aims to review both the impact that COVID-19 has had within the infrastructure sector and Knowledge Management during these times attempting to gain an output of how knowledge has been managed throughout the pandemic within the sector.
    • Managing knowledge in the context of smart cities: a systematic review

      Abdalla, Wala; Renukappa, Suresh; Suresh, Subashini; Al Nabt, Saeed (Academic Conferences International, 2021-09-30)
      The most recent view on smart city development has recognized that the level of technology adoption in urban contexts is no more able to reflect the real smartness of cities. Smart cities is seen as a centre of knowledge, education, and creativity. The development of smart cities is becoming more and more knowledge based. As a result, knowledge has been perceived as the core component that makes cities smart. Hence, to take advantage of the opportunities that knowledge-based economy and society can bring to the city, leaders and decision makers need to develop cities that take advantage of local knowledge and intellectual capital of the population. Therefore, they need to take initiative to adapt Knowledge Management (KM) in smart cities development. Smart cities KM offers the means to create valuable knowledge that brings consistent and sustainable added value that can therefore be useful in avoiding strategic risk, better-informed decision, and finding smart and effective business solutions. However, smart cities is a relatively new concept that still raises many questions related to its relevance in knowledge management studies. This often calls for the creation, use, capture and exploitation of new knowledge. Therefore, managing this knowledge is considered an important source of sustainable competitive advantage. However, only a few studies in the academic literature on smart city initiatives address issues related to managerial and knowledge management perspectives. This paper investigates the underlying dynamics behind KM and the need for successful implementation of KM strategies within the context of smart cities. The findings are in the main, based on thorough review of literature. It reviews the concept of smart cities and KM. The paper concludes that effectiveness of smart cities knowledge creation, exploitation and management significantly influences on effectiveness of smart city development. Therefore, smart cities governance must be able to exploit and manage knowledge that results from smart cities development.