Masters Theses


"This research examines Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) between private firms and City of Chamois, Missouri to establish a ferry boat service across the Missouri River. The study illustrates the role of PPPs in managing high risk transportation projects for rural economic development. The research study was designed to accomplish three objectives. First, understand and study the high risk transportation industry which included analyzing other ferry services in and around the region, and identifying potential risks involved in a ferry boat project. Second, study various models of PPPs, identify the attributes of each model and select appropriate models based on local and global variables affecting the risks identified. Third, use mathematical models such as Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) and Quality Function Deployment (QFD) to analyze how each PPP model mitigates risks identified. These models are also used to determine the most feasible PPP model considering the project objectives and requirements. The important contributions made by the research study include, introduction to success-making and roadmap to developing partnerships, steps required for acceptance of such plans and also demonstrate consistency with state and local transportation plans, and provide cost benefit analysis quantifying positive business and economic impacts of the project"--Abstract, page iii.


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 University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

Summer 2009


ix 61 pages

Geographic Coverage

Chamois (Mo.)


© 2009 Kiran Rangarajan, All rights reserved.

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Thesis - Open Access

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Subject Headings

Decision making -- Mathematical models
Economic development -- Missouri -- Chamois
Public-private sector cooperation -- Missouri -- Chamois
Strategic planning

Thesis Number

T 9547

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