THE ROLE PLAYED BY PMOs IN THE TRANSFER OF KNOWLEDGE BETWEEN PROJECTS: A CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK

Brighton Tshuma, Herman Steyn, Corro Van Waveren

Abstract

Projects are unique, temporary structures that produce unique knowledge. For organisations to gain competitive advantage, this knowledge needs to be transferred effectively between projects. Knowledge transfer across projects is thus an important and decisive competitive factor. However, project teams typically focus on short-term project goals, and often fail to regard capturing and transferring project knowledge between projects as important for the long-term benefit of the organisation. This theoretical study argues that Project Management Offices (PMOs) play an important role by supporting and facilitating the flow of knowledge between projects. A conceptual framework depicting the role of PMOs in the transfer of knowledge between projects is presented here, while empirical results will be reported on in a sequel to this paper.

Keywords Knowledge transfer; Project knowledge; Project Management Offices

Full paper:  http://sajie.journals.ac.za/pub/article/view/1966