Effective knowledge transfer for project success is examined in this paper. Particular emphasis is placed on the determinants of organizational culture that endorse value driven activities. This paper reports on the preliminary results of a study targeted at knowledge workers operating in a high-tech dynamic environment. The aim of the research is to promote better knowledge transfer in order to improve project success. We synthesize the relevant literature in an attempt to isolate key determinants for success based on best practice. From this, a comprehensive audit tool containing explicit statements is developed. The goal of this tool is to facilitate leaders and decision makers to assess current performance regarding knowledge transfer against published best practice. The contributions of this research are threefold. First, it answers calls for further work in a neglected but essential area in project management. Second, the study synthesizes relevant literature and adds to the academic debate in the space. Third, the development of a new audit tool acts as an independent validation resource for leaders and decision makers and thus helps to bridge the gap between theory and practice. (C) 2015 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V.