Systematic knowledge sharing of natural hazard damages in contracted road maintenance in Sweden
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In a dynamic society and with expected climate change, it is important, in a resilient perspective, for road authorities to make use of experiences and build knowledge from extreme weather events damaging the infrastructure. The Swedish Transport Administration (STA) is responsible for the state-owned infrastructure but contractors carry out all maintenance of the state road network in Sweden. The tendering process stipulates that the stakeholders should enable knowledge transfer and the flow of information that is inevitably required for the future handling of adverse weather extremes. In this case study of the STA practice, semi-structured interviews with project leaders from the STA and respondents from two tendering contractors of maintenance were used to investigate attitudes to and the understanding of sharing experiences and knowledge of weather extremes. The aim is to contribute to better risk management through lessons learned in a complex public-private management. The quantitative content analysis shows patterns of sharing experiences from adverse events between organizations, at an individual level. The experiences of weather extremes and damages caused are not fed back through the existing formal template, leading to partial feedback through narrative exchange to the project leaders at the STA. The analysis of the results from a sociotechnical system perspective shows a complex and interrelated inter- and intra-organizational pattern for feedback paths. Furthermore, a picture of parallels emerges, as each organization has its own goals and processes to reach their goals.
lessons learned, risk management, climate change adaptation, public procurement, maintenance, roads.
Research subject Risk and Environmental Studies
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-41043OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-41043DiVA: diva2:911977
FunderSwedish Transport Administration