Strategic planning is a relatively new concept in the public sector. It has been borrowed from the private sector and incorporated into a growing number of state and local transportation agencies. Essentially, strategic planning is a management process that helps an organization make critical decisions about the target of its efforts and the allocation of its resources. The central thrust of the process is to develop strategic thinking and to foster strategic decision making by leaders and, in turn, by line managers and departments responsible for turning agency goals into results. In September 1983, the Transportation Research Board established a Strategic Planning Task Force to help evaluate the usefulness of this concept for transportation organizations and to assist them in taking advantage of the benefits it has to offer. In its first year of operation, the task force has actively reached out to agencies and practitioners to learn about their experiences, to foster information exchange, to identify research needs, and to tailor the task force's activities to users' interests. (Author)

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 20-24
  • Serial:
    • TR News
    • Issue Number: 119
    • Publisher: Transportation Research Board
    • ISSN: 0738-6826

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  • Accession Number: 00450665
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Aug 27 2004 9:56PM