Knowledge storage and accessibility in an interorganizational project: empirical evidence from the Orange Line metro train

Rehab Iftikhar*, Khadija Mawra

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Purpose: This paper focuses on knowledge storage, knowledge accessibility and the associated challenges with these processes in an interorganizational project. For this purpose, the context of the Orange Line (OL) metro train project in Pakistan is examined, where multiple organizations were involved.

Design/methodology/approach: This study adopts an exploratory single case study approach. The empirical data comprise semi-structured interviews and archival documents. Thematic analysis is used for analyzing the data. 

Findings: The distinct findings include (1) the use of knowledge storage systems, such as manual storage systems, electronic storage systems and assigning a dedicated resource; (2) that knowledge accessibility occurs at different levels within the organization (including intradepartmental and interdepartmental levels) as well as at interorganizational levels and (3) the challenges, such as misuse of knowledge, time pressures, confidentiality of sensitive knowledge, government regulations and the reliance on human memory, which are associated with knowledge storage and knowledge accessibility. Based on the findings, an integrative framework of the interplay between knowledge storage, knowledge accessibility and challenges is proposed.

Originality/value: This paper contributes to the literature on resource-based theory by examining knowledge storage and accessibility in an interorganizational project.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Managing Projects in Business
Early online date18 Nov 2022
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 18 Nov 2022

Keywords

  • interorganizational project
  • knowledge accessibility
  • knowledge storage

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