Development of a decision-making procedure for outsourcing engineering services in TxDOT

dc.contributor.advisorO'Brien, William J.en
dc.contributor.advisorPersad, Khali (Khali Ram), 1956-en
dc.creatorRadhakrishnan, Krishnaprabha Krishnanivasen
dc.date.accessioned2010-11-02T19:07:38Zen
dc.date.available2010-11-02T19:07:38Zen
dc.date.available2010-11-02T19:07:45Zen
dc.date.issued2010-05en
dc.date.submittedMay 2010en
dc.date.updated2010-11-02T19:07:45Zen
dc.descriptiontexten
dc.description.abstractThe trend to outsource the engineering functions in state departments of transportation (DOTs) to private consultants has increased in recent years. However, most DOTs do not have a strategic approach to the outsourcing of engineering functions or projects. This thesis addresses that gap by examining outsourcing decision-making in the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and developing a rationalized procedure. TxDOT, the largest state DOT in terms of annual construction program,expends about 65% of its engineering on consultants. Staff from 18 of TxDOTs 25 districts were interviewed for this research, and Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats (SWOT) Analysis is used to identify improvements to the current decision-making processes. A framework is presented for systematic assessment of the outsourcing potential of engineering functions, which would enable TxDOT districts to determine what engineering work to contract out cost-effectively without sacrificing core competencies.en
dc.description.departmentCivil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineeringen
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/ETD-UT-2010-05-1419en
dc.language.isoengen
dc.subjectEngineering outsourcingen
dc.subjectTexas Department of Transportationen
dc.subjectPreliminary engineeringen
dc.subjectConsultantsen
dc.subjectContract-outen
dc.subjectSWOT analysisen
dc.subjectDecision making procedureen
dc.subjectOutsourcing strategyen
dc.subjectConsultant managementen
dc.titleDevelopment of a decision-making procedure for outsourcing engineering services in TxDOTen
dc.type.genrethesisen
thesis.degree.departmentCivil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineeringen
thesis.degree.disciplineCivil Engineeringen
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Texas at Austinen
thesis.degree.levelMastersen
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Science in Engineeringen

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