Masters Theses

Keywords and Phrases

Analytic hierarchy process; Strategic decision making


"The aim of this thesis is to develop criteria that can be used to evaluate the current capabilities and sustainability of inland freight hubs. A review of the literature highlights the need for a more efficient freight distribution system to combat supply chain deficiencies and the important role that inland freight hubs play in creating this system. Also in the literature is a call for a more comprehensive approach to hub development decisions and the use of multi-criteria decision analysis. The decision to devote resources to logistics developments in a specific region must consider many factors that are both quantitative and qualitative in nature. This thesis will identify relevant criteria for inland freight hub development decisions through in-depth interviews with freight transportation experts and it will justify the use of both quantitative and qualitative data for measuring alternatives based on these criteria. The end result will be a set of criteria relevant to hub development decisions and an explanation of the procedure for comparing logistics hub capabilities. This procedure could be used for locating a new hub out of a set of potential sites or making decisions about which existing hubs should be further developed"--Abstract, page iv.


Long, Suzanna, 1961-

Committee Member(s)

Corns, Steven
Grasman, Scott E. (Scott Erwin)


Engineering Management and Systems Engineering

Degree Name

M.S. in Engineering Management


Missouri Research Board


Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

Fall 2010

Journal article titles appearing in thesis/dissertation

  • Strategic decision model: characteristics for sustainable intermodal logistic hubs
  • Sustainability criteria for inland hub location development


x, 67 pages

Geographic Coverage

United States


© 2010 Robert Tyler Lipscomb, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

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Subject Headings

Containerization -- Planning -- United States
Decision making -- Mathematical models
Decision making -- Methodology
Freight and freightage -- Management -- United States
Inland water transportation -- Freight -- United States

Thesis Number

T 9738

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