Humanitarian logistics performance in the light of gender

Gyöngyi Kovács (Supply Chain Management and Corporate Geography, Department of Marketing, Hanken School of Economics, Helsinki, Finland)
Peter Tatham (Centre for Human Systems, Cranfield University, Cranfield, UK)

International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management

ISSN: 1741-0401

Publication date: 16 January 2009



The aim of this article is to identify gaps in research and to set up a research agenda that investigates how gender attributes and different sets of skills contribute to logistics performance. The article focuses on humanitarian logistics and outlines the areas in which gender issues impact on the effectiveness of the provision of aid following a disaster.


A topical literature review on gender, humanitarian logistics, and logistics performance is used to unearth existing gaps in research.


Two main research gaps are of particular interest for humanitarian logistics in the light of gender: sex segregation in logistics, and the relation between gender and logistics skills; and the mitigation of gender disadvantages of beneficiaries. Here, a gendered access to aid can impact negatively on aid effectiveness.


Literature is scant both on gender issues in logistics and on humanitarian logistics. The paper contributes to both areas, while evaluating the impact of gender on logistics performance.



Kovács, G. and Tatham, P. (2009), "Humanitarian logistics performance in the light of gender", International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management, Vol. 58 No. 2, pp. 174-187.

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