Research Roadmap for Knowledge Management

In most state DOTs, about 40% of the workforce will be eligible for retirement in the next 3 years, taking with them institutional knowledge. In addition, collaboration and interdisciplinary work are increasing the need for effective and efficient knowledge transfer. State DOTs will benefit from knowledge management (KM) to help identify, capture, and transfer institutional knowledge. Development of a research roadmap for KM will identify and prioritize the KM research needs of state DOTs and provide a foundation for maturation of KM practice. Although existing KM research roadmaps were not found in the literature, some literature exists on KM and institutional knowledge in the transportation sector that provides recommendations which could be considered in a research roadmap. There are also several references about how to start building up KM function in an organization, which could also facilitate development of a KM research roadmap in the transportation sector. The objective of this research is to develop a 10-year prioritized program of research for KM. The roadmap should identify research that will provide practical and useful information and implementable tools, recommend research priorities and sequence, set a strategy, and provide a rationale for the recommendations. The roadmap should (1) Clearly describe a broad set of research topics based on an understanding of current state DOT and industry KM practices; (2) Identify gaps in the following: knowledge, interfaces with other subject matter of interest, disciplines, and best practices; (3) Outline and prioritize specific research ideas needed to address these gaps; (4) Conduct a workshop to review the draft roadmap; (5) Produce a research roadmap that (a) facilitates understanding of the topics, sequence, and relationships of the research needs; and (b) supports use for the TRB Research Needs Statement database, website content, outreach material, and funding requests; and (6) Provide a plan for communication and outreach. The KM research roadmap will define a strategic approach to KM research to develop the information and tools needed to expedite the integration of KM into state DOTs. The research roadmap can be used to guide development of research funding requests and activities.


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $300000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 23-14

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

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

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Project Managers:

    Jared, David

  • Start Date: 20200520
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01739668
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 23-14
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: May 18 2020 3:05PM