oa Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - Knowledge swarms and experiential hives : knowledge transfer



The much vaunted South African National Development Plan (NDP) represents, without equal, the greatest opportunity for our beleaguered subcontinent's upliftment and long-term sustainability since the 1994 democratic election in South Africa. However, it could also remain a frustratingly distant and unreachable rolling horizon, or even become an extravagantly costly nightmare if the appropriate scarce and critical skills and knowledge crisis is not addressed effectively and timeously. The long-cherished traditional and theoretical models of teaching, learning and knowledge sharing, with an increasing focus and reliance on systems-oriented approaches to knowledge identification, gathering, capturing, packaging, sharing and transfer, have proven to be predictably ineffective and unsustainable - both locally and globally. This is true within almost every industry type and size, and it is certainly true within most engineering and construction organisations, which have the added complexity of highly mobile and remotely-situated staff who move nomadically from project to project.


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