This report summarizes information about the potential that environmental scanning activities offer the Minnesota
Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT).
Environmental scanning activities help an organization to anticipate, evaluate, and prepare for situations or
conditions that serve as obstacles or opportunities to move toward a future vision. Environmental scanning in its
broadest sense includes marketing and strategic planning, as well as identifying emerging issues, setting priorities,
monitoring the environment, interpreting information, and alerting management to the need for action.
The report highlights some issues for Mn/DOT to consider as it looks at using environmental scanning as a tool and
makes specific recommendations for its incorporation.
Nelson, Barbara L..
Environmental scanning: evaluation & recommendations to management.
Minnesota Department of Transportation.
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