Ensuring Essential Capability for the Future Transportation Agency

The objectives of this research are to (1) describe emerging issues and societal and technological trends likely to influence the ability of Departments of Transportation (DOTs) and other government transportation agencies to develop and maintain the essential capabilities they need to fulfill their missions; (2) engage senior agency leadership and others in discussion of the leadership challenges these issues and trends represent; and (3) provide guidance on strategies agencies may pursue—for example through active management of their workforces and knowledge bases - to understand and meet these challenges. National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) anticipates this research will be conducted in several phases. In Phase 1, described here, the research team will use a review of literature and interviews with organizational psychology and human resources experts to gain insights on workforce trends, capabilities building, and organization management strategies and then develop an initial capability analysis framework for characterizing and assessing transportation agency capabilities and identifying and evaluating management strategies for developing and maintaining organizational capabilities. The team will design and conduct organizational capabilities workshops to be held in conjunction with the four American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) regional meetings in the summer of 2017, to solicit comment on the initial agency capability analysis framework. The results of Phase 1 will be used to assess the potential value of guidance materials that may be prepared on trends likely to have impact on state transportation agency business activities in the future, agency organizational capabilities, and management strategies for developing and maintaining organizational capabilities; and a framework and methodologies for agency capability analysis. Subsequent NCHRP research may be undertaken to develop such guidance materials. NCHRP anticipates Phase 1 will be completed in the 2nd quarter of CY2018.

Language

  • English

Project

  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $200000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-24(95)

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Lemer, Andrew

  • Performing Organizations:

    Spy Pond Partners, LLC

    Arlington, MA  United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Park, Hyun-A

    Harrison, Frances

  • Start Date: 20161007
  • Expected Completion Date: 20180807
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 41156

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01613149
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-24(95)
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Oct 14 2016 1:00AM