Emerging Challenges and Opportunities of High Speed Rail Development on Business and Society

Emerging Challenges and Opportunities of High Speed Rail Development on Business and Society

Raj Selladurai (Indiana University Northwest, USA), Peggy Daniels Lee (Kelley School of Business, Indiana University, USA) and George VandeWerken (Providence Bank, USA)
Release Date: May, 2016|Copyright: © 2016 |Pages: 289
ISBN13: 9781522501022|ISBN10: 1522501029|EISBN13: 9781522501039|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-0102-2


The increasingly busy lives of people in modern society cause a high dependence on the transportation sector. Traffic congestion, road maintenance, and a myriad of other problems have led stakeholders to seriously examine alternatives to traditional road traveling.

Emerging Challenges and Opportunities of High Speed Rail Development on Business and Society is an authoritative reference source on the promising aspects of high speed railway transportation to supplement road travel. Highlighting empirical research, implementations plans, and future opportunities, this book is ideally designed for government officials, researchers, upper-level students, and technology developers working in the field of transportation.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • California High-Speed Rail Project
  • Collaboration with Airlines
  • Economic Benefits
  • Environmental Considerations
  • International Comparisons
  • Safety Programs
  • Travel Markets

Reviews and Testimonials

With the popularity and prevalence of high-speed rail in countries from Europe to Asia, this volume cites reasons for the United States to jump on the bandwagon: cost-effective, alternative to highway and airline travel; shorter travel time in the context of myriad emerging factors, such as growing population density and impact on transportation infrastructure; congestion on highways and at airports; decreasing fuel tax revenues to find highway trust funds; increase in weather-related disruptions of existing transportation modes; need for more environmental-friendly transportation alternatives. The book’s aims are to provide a forum; present basic and practical research studies; integrate and synthesize interdisciplinary, theoretical, and practice research related to high-speed rail; formulate and present conceptual models for research; serve as a catalyst for policy makers, stakeholders, academicians, business, developers, business and organizational leaders, managers, professionals, and employees in public and private organizations to help formulate and implement plans for high-speed rail as a viable transportation option in the United States.

– ProtoView Reviews

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Dr. Raj Selladurai is an Associate Professor of Management in the School of Business and Economics at Indiana University Northwest. He also serves as Small Business Institute (SBI) Director for the School of Business and Economics. His research focuses on the areas of servant leadership, leadership effectiveness, operations and supply chain management, high-speed rail and supply chain management, and business-healthcare collaboration. He has published several papers, chapters, and case studies in various management and operations management related business publications and journals including co-editing a book on “Servant Leadership: Research and Practice.” He has over 27 years of academic and professional business experience including participating at the recent "Servant Leadership: Path to High Performance" Executive Education Seminar at the Darden School of Business, University of Virginia. He has also taught business management courses as Visiting Professor at universities in Austria and Switzerland. He has diverse leadership and administrative experience in various organizations including church, Bible Study Fellowship (BSF), university, community, business, and other professional service organizations.
Peggy Daniels Lee received her PhD from the George Washington University. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management and Faculty Chair for Undergraduate Programs at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business, Indianapolis. Dr. Lee also holds a graduate certificate in Project Management and an Advanced Online Teaching Certificate from the Online Learning Consortium (formerly the Sloan Consortium). She teaches Operations Management and Sourcing at the undergraduate and graduate levels in face-to-face and online environments. Her industry experience includes a 20-year career in telecommunications and banking where she held multiple managerial positions, most notably as a project manager, leading national and international network infrastructure projects. Since 2007, Dr. Lee has done research and taught using 3-dimensional virtual worlds. Her work in this space has been presented at the Academy of Management, the Decision Sciences Institute, the Second Life Community Convention, the International Workshop on Enterprise, Organizational Modeling and Simulation (EOMAS), the Indiana University Center for Teaching and Learning, the virtual community Teach for Success, and many other organizations and venues. Her article in the Journal of Virtual Worlds Research is one of few that established the impact of virtual worlds on learning outcomes. Dr. Lee is also a section editor of the online Journal of Virtual Studies. Her academic work has been presented at the Decision Sciences Institute, the Academy of Management, the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, and the International Workshop on Enterprise and Organizational Modeling and Simulation (EOMAS). She has published in such outlets as the Journal of Business and Industrial Marketing, the Journal of Virtual Worlds Research, the Journal of Healthcare Management, and Supply Chain Forum, published by the University of Lausanne. She serves on the Board of Advisors for the Business Program at Ivy Tech, Indiana’s Community College system, the Organizing Committee of EOMAS, serves the Midwest Decision Sciences Institute as treasurer and is he Education Chair for the Indianapolis Roundtable of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals. Dr. Lee is a former member of the board of the Delaware Valley Roundtable of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals and the board of the Northeast Decision Sciences Institute. In addition to her doctorate, Dr. Lee holds a BA in English Literature from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and an MBA from the Kenan-Flagler School of Business at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Mr. George VandeWerken is Regional President of Providence Bank & Trust in the Chicago metro area. In addition to a lifelong career in community banking, George has also maintained an interest in public transportation, especially matters relating to rail service, and he currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Indiana Passenger Rail Alliance.