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Innovation strategy in new transportation systems: The case of Crossrail

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Title: Innovation strategy in new transportation systems: The case of Crossrail
Authors: Dodgson, M
Gann, D
MacAulay, S
Davies, A
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: This article examines how innovation can be strategically incorporated into transportation systems. Large transportation systems generally have a poor record in systematically integrating innovation in their development, construction and operation. Our research setting is Crossrail, a major new railway traversing London, where the creation and implementation of an innovation strategy formalized and systemized its approach to innovation. Based on in-depth, semi-structured interviews with project leaders and participant observation, the paper critically analyses the formulation, implementation and performance of Crossrail’s innovation strategy. Crossrail’s management explicitly uses an ‘open innovation’ strategy that incentivizes partners, contractors, and clients to innovate in the project. Its strategy guides decisions and priorities on innovation and the types and levels of innovation that best match project aims. The paper holds lessons for those developing, operating and studying large transportation systems both now and into the future.
Issue Date: Jul-2015
Date of Acceptance: 25-Apr-2015
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/25056
DOI: 10.1016/j.tra.2015.04.019
ISSN: 0965-8564
Publisher: Elsevier
Start Page: 261
End Page: 275
Journal / Book Title: Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice
Volume: 77
Copyright Statement: © 2015, Elsevier. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Sponsor/Funder: Crossrail Limited
Funder's Grant Number: 4500004031
Keywords: Social Sciences
Science & Technology
Transportation Science & Technology
Business & Economics
Transportation systems
1205 Urban and Regional Planning
1507 Transportation and Freight Services
Logistics & Transportation
Publication Status: Published
Online Publication Date: 2015-05-16
Appears in Collections:Imperial College Business School

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