Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Industrial Engineering (MSIE)

Degree Level



Industrial Engineering


Sarah G. Nurre Pinkley

Committee Member

Kelly M. Sullivan

Second Committee Member

Benjamin R. Runkle


food scarcity, productivity


This work classifies examples of infrastructure interdependencies found in the food and agriculture critical infrastructure sector. Interdependencies are identified through an examination of rice and poultry agriculture throughout the state of Arkansas. The subtleties of interdependence examples in the food and agriculture sector are inadequately captured by the well-studied interdependence classification taxonomies. Through 39 interviews, we develop an understanding of the subtle temporal, geographic, and productivity scales of interdependence in over 100 examples and present five new, distinct classifications of interdependence: (1) dynamic physical, (2) dynamic geographic, (3) deadline, (4) delay, and (5) human, economic, and natural resource interdependencies. An analysis of these inter- dependencies and their intricacies provides the opportunity to generalize these ideas across other critical infrastructure sectors and model infrastructure restoration and resilience with greater concern for seasonality, resource scarcity, and punctuality.

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