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System transition : dynamics of change in the US air transportation system

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dc.contributor.advisor R. John Hansman. en_US
dc.contributor.author Mozdzanowska, Aleksandra L. (Aleksandra Ludmila), 1979- en_US
dc.contributor.other Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Technology, Management, and Policy Program. en_US
dc.contributor.other Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Engineering Systems Division. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2008-12-11T18:40:35Z
dc.date.available 2008-12-11T18:40:35Z
dc.date.issued 2008 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/43858
dc.description Thesis (Ph. D. in Technology, Management, and Policy)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Engineering Systems Division, Technology, Management, and Policy Program, 2008. en_US
dc.description "June 2008." en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (p. 227-244). en_US
dc.description.abstract The US Air Transportation System is currently facing a number of challenges including an increasing demand for travel and growing environmental requirements. In order to successfully meet future needs, the system will need to transition from its current state using a combination of technology, infrastructure, procedure, and policy changes. However, the complexities of the air transportation system make implementing changes a challenge. In particular, the multi-stakeholder nature of the system poses a significant barrier to transition. Historically, many changes in the air transportation system were driven by safety concerns and implemented following accidents which provided the momentum to overcome transition barriers. As a result of past changes, the system has become increasingly safe resulting in the emergence of new drivers for change. Security has emerged as a driver following the terrorist attacks of 9/11/2001 in the US and a number of system changes have since been implemented. Currently, capacity is one of the largest drivers of change. Addressing capacity issues requires solutions that can be accepted by stakeholders, and pass the necessary certification and approval requirements for implementation. The contribution of aviation to global greenhouse gas emissions is also becoming a significant driver for change in the system. The goal of this work is to understand how the air transportation system changes in response to safety, security, capacity, and environmental drivers for transition. In order to understand the dynamics of transition, historical cases of system change were studied. Twenty seven such cases have been analyzed to construct a feedback process model of transition and to explore specific change dynamics observed. en_US
dc.description.abstract (cont.) These dynamics include: understanding the role of crisis events as catalyst for change; the effect that timing of solution development has on the overall time constant for change; the role that stakeholder objectives play in the transition process, and the use of approval and certification processes to stall or block change. understanding the process of change in the US Air Transportation System can inform future changes in aviation as well as in other systems with similar properties. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Aleksandra L. Mozdzanowska. en_US
dc.format.extent 244 p. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
dc.rights M.I.T. theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. See provided URL for inquiries about permission. en_US
dc.rights.uri http://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/7582 en_US
dc.subject Technology, Management, and Policy Program. en_US
dc.subject Engineering Systems Division. en_US
dc.title System transition : dynamics of change in the US air transportation system en_US
dc.title.alternative Dynamics of change in the US air transportation system en_US
dc.title.alternative Dynamics of change in the US air transportation system en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree Ph.D. en_US
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Technology, Management, and Policy Program. en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 263159612 en_US


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