APPLICATION OF IMPROVED MANAGEMENT METHODS TO THE URBAN TRANSPORTATION INDUSTRY - MONOGRAPH NO 4

SEVERAL PROBLEMS WHICH PRECLUDE INNOVATIVE MANAGEMENT TECHINIQUES ARE OUTLINED BRIEFLY, INCLUDING LOW GROWTH RATES WITHIN THE INDUSTRY, SLIM BUDGETING FOR OVERHEAD, AND CONSEQUENT LIMITATIONS ON MANAGEMENT SPECIALIZATION. THESE FACTORS COMBINE TO RESTRICT THE MANAGERS' ATTENTION TO DAY-TO-DAY OPERATIONS AND WITH INSUFFICIENT OPPORTUNITIES TO EXPERIMENT WITH NEW TECHNIQUES. THREE CONVENTIONAL APPROACHES TO THE PROBLEM ARE ANALYZED BRIEFLY: PROVIDING SPECIAL SHORT TRAINING COURSES FOR TRANSIT OFFICIALS TO IMPROVE MANAGEMENT "SENSITIVITY" TO INNOVATIVE PRACTICES; CONTRACTING WITH TRANSPORTATION CONSULTANTS FOR THE SOLUTION OF SPECIFIC PROBLEMS; AND THE DIRECT HIRING OF MANAGEMENT SPECIALISTS. ALTHOUGH THE CONSULTING SERVICES CAN PROVIDE IMMEDIATE SOLUTIONS TO STRAIGHTFORWARD TECHNICAL PROBLEMS, THE NEED REMAINS FOR IMPROVED OVERALL MANAGERIAL SPECIALIZATION IF LONG-RANGE INNOVATIONS ARE TO BE IMPLEMENTED SUCCESSFULLY. THE STRATEGY OF HIRING SPECIALIZED MANAGEMENT STAFFS WOULD PROVIDE A LONGER TERM, MORE COMPANY-ORIENTED PERSPECTIVE IN THE SOLUTION OF TRANSIT PROBLEMS, AND WOULD ENRICH THE CAPABILITIES OF THE INDUSTRY MANAGEMENT OVERALL. A PRINCIPAL DRAWBACK TO THE HIRING APPROACH, HOWEVER, IS THE COST INVOLVED FOR A COMPANY TO RETAIN PERMANENT MANAGERIAL SPECIALISTS. A PROGRAM OF FEDERAL ASSISTANCE TO THE TRANSIT INDUSTRY IS RECOMMENDED TO SECURE MANAGEMENT PERSONNEL WITH AN EMPHASIS ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF NEW METHODS. A THREE-PHASE PROJECT TO DEMONSTRATE THIS PROPOSAL IS OUTLINED BRIEFLY, ALONG WITH A ROUGH ESTIMATE OF TIME AND COST FACTORS ASSOCIATED WITH EACH STAGE. /UMTA/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • PROJ NO NSS-3
  • Corporate Authors:

    Battelle Memorial Institute

    Columbus, OH  United States 
  • Authors:
    • Lobdell, N E
  • Publication Date: 1967-10

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00239471
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Urban Mass Transportation Administration
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Nov 7 1972 12:00AM