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Sustainable humanitarian supply chain management: exploring new theory

Kunz, Nathan; Gold, Stefan

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Nathan Kunz

Stefan Gold


Disaster response operations aim at helping as many victims as possible in the shortest time, with limited consideration of the socio-economic context. During the disaster rehabilitation phase, the perspective needs to broaden and comprehensively take into account the local environment. We propose a framework of sustainable humanitarian supply chain management (SCM) that facilitates such comprehensive performance. We conceptualize the framework by combining literature from the fields of sustainable and humanitarian SCM. We test the framework through an analytic induction process by means of multiple case studies of four relief organisations. Our framework suggests that supply chain design needs to be aligned not only to relief organisations’ enablers, but also to the population’s long-term requirements as well as any socio-economic and governmental contingency factors. A good fit between these dimensions leads to sustainable performance. The framework provides an instrument for relief organisations to achieve sustainable performance in the disaster rehabilitation phase.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 30, 2015
Online Publication Date Nov 2, 2015
Deposit Date Apr 28, 2016
Publicly Available Date Apr 28, 2016
Journal International Journal of Logistics Research and Applications
Print ISSN 1367-5567
Electronic ISSN 1367-5567
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Keywords Supply chain management, humanitarian logistics, sustainability, disaster rehabilitation, government, case studies
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Additional Information The Version of Record of this manuscript has been published and is available in International Journal of Logistics Research and Applications, 2015


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