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System‐of‐systems approach for assessment of financial innovations in infrastructure

Ali Mostafavi (Civil Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA)
Dulcy M. Abraham (Civil Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA)
Joung Lee (Finance and Development, American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, Washington DC, District of Columbia, USA)

Built Environment Project and Asset Management

ISSN: 2044-124X

Article publication date: 16 November 2012

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of the study presented in this paper is to assess determinants of financial innovations in infrastructure using a system‐of‐systems approach, and to demonstrate this approach in the context of the US highway transportation sector.

Design/methodology/approach

A system‐of‐systems approach is adopted for systemic assessment. Data obtained from a case‐based research approach and a survey deployed to the state Departments of Transportation in the US is utilized in parallel with a network analysis to explore the status quo, key players and interactions, and the drivers of financial innovations for infrastructure.

Findings

The findings include constructs regarding the players, practices, and activities and also a conceptual model relating to the drivers of financial innovations.

Practical implications

The model along with the constructs provides an analytical tool for understanding the dynamics of financial innovations. Such understanding would lead to expansion of the creation and diffusion of financial innovation practices in the highway transportation infrastructure globally.

Originality/value

The study presented in this paper is the first of its kind to identify the determinants of financial innovations in infrastructure based on a systemic approach.

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Citation

Mostafavi, A., Abraham, D.M. and Lee, J. (2012), "System‐of‐systems approach for assessment of financial innovations in infrastructure", Built Environment Project and Asset Management, Vol. 2 No. 2, pp. 250-265. https://doi.org/10.1108/20441241211280927

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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