Use of Functional Silos to Optimize Agency Decision Making

Project Details
STATUS

Completed

START DATE

10/01/04

END DATE

06/30/07

RESEARCH CENTERS InTrans, CTRE
SPONSORS

Midwest Regional University Transportation Center

Researchers
Principal Investigator
Tom Maze

Transportation Engineer

Co-Principal Investigator
Omar Smadi

Director, CTRE

Student Researcher(s)
Neil Burke

About the research

The purpose of the project was to document how agencies make positive use of functional silos and then efficiently allocate resources across them. Functional silos are considered to be any group of expertise within a transportation organization that focuses on one area of expertise. Often, different functional silos compete for agency resources.

Functional silos impact their agency positively by allowing members to accumulate expertise in the area of the silo. On the other hand, silos can have a negative impact on resource allocation The solution to efficient resource allocation is bridging the silos and making overall decisions that offer the most satisfactory solutions globally.

 

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