The National Academies

ACRP 11-02/Task 35 [Final]

Research Roadmap on Administration & Human Resource Issues

  Project Data
Funds: $100,000
Research Agency: ICF Incorporated
Principal Investigator: Brian Cronin
Effective Date: 4/2/2019
Completion Date: 6/1/2020

As an industry-driven research program, ACRP relies on a flow of quality research ideas. Traditionally, ACRP primarily has used a bottom-up approach for these ideas, expressed as formal problem statements. ACRP’s Oversight Committee has adopted a strategic plan that prioritizes and ensures “that problem statements are of the highest quality and greatest relevance to the airport industry.” As a key step to achieving this strategic priority, ACRP is developing a series of research roadmaps in several topic areas. The goal of these research roadmaps is to identify gaps in knowledge and practice, uncover opportunities and challenges, and outline and prioritize specific research ideas needed to address these gaps. The roadmaps will also produce research ideas to be entered into ACRP’s IdeaHub, its online collaboration platform for turning ideas into problem statements for funding consideration.

Airports face unique, numerous, and ever-evolving administration and human resource challenges and opportunities. A research roadmap is needed to help airport industry practitioners identify and prioritize research needs related to these issues.
The objective of this research is to develop an airport administration/human resource research roadmap. The roadmap should recommend priorities and timing, set a strategy, and provide a rationale for the recommendations. In addition, the roadmap should: 
  • Focus on airport administration and human resource needs to be addressed within the next 5 years;
  • Consider existing roadmaps and research in these and related topics;
  • Consider the needs of airports of all sizes, geographies, levels and types of activity, and resource constraints;
  • Reflect the priorities of a broad group of stakeholders;
  • Prioritize research with consideration of ACRP’s strategic plan;
  • Create administration/human resource research ideas to be entered into ACRP’s IdeaHub for further development into problem statements; and
  • Include a long-range (i.e., beyond 5 years) research needs assessment that accounts for uncertainty and emerging issues.


Research is complete.  Results are available in ACRP Web-Only Document 49, an Interactive Visual Research Roadmap, and a Dataset.

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