This paper aims to further the understanding of planning and carrying out logistics operations in disaster relief.
Topical literature review of academic and practitioner journals.
Creates a framework distinguishing between actors, phases, and logistical processes of disaster relief. Drawing parallels of humanitarian logistics and business logistics, the paper discovers and describes the unique characteristics of humanitarian logistics while recognizing the need of humanitarian logistics to learn from business logistics.
The paper is conceptual in nature; empirical research is needed to support the framework. The framework sets a research agenda for academics.
Useful discussion of the unique characteristics of humanitarian logistics. The framework provides practitioners with a tool for planning and carrying out humanitarian logistics operations.
No overarching framework for humanitarian logistics exists in the logistics literature so far. The field of humanitarian logistics has so far received limited attention by logistics academics.
Kovács, G. and Spens, K.M. (2007), "Humanitarian logistics in disaster relief operations", International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, Vol. 37 No. 2, pp. 99-114. https://doi.org/10.1108/09600030710734820
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