This study is an inquiry as to the existence of opportunities for improving factor productivity in the railroad industry with new technology. Despite dramatic innovations in rail hardware during the postwar period, the systems and procedures--no less a part of rail technology--are comparatively unsophisticated. Innovations recommended in this study strike at fundamental deficiencies and incongruities which exist in present-day rail technology. Many of the deficiencies in present technology are logical accomodations to the institutional environment in which railroads operate. It is only in concert with other reforms that the promise of recommended innovations can be realized. Authors are economists, not engineers, and the competition of innovations for inadquate funds is discussed.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Morton (AL)

    Harvard Business School
    Boston, MA  United States  02163
  • Authors:
    • Morton, A L
    • Caflisch, J S
  • Publication Date: 1975-9

Media Info

  • Pagination: 151 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00098681
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 13 1975 12:00AM