Organisation size, innovativeness, self-organisation and inter-organisational coordination

Henry Mutebi (Department of Procurement and Logistics Management, Faculty of Economics, Energy and Management Science (FEEMS), Makerere University Business School, Kampala, Uganda)
Moses Muhwezi (Department of Procurement and Logistics Management, Faculty of Economics, Energy and Management Science (FEEMS), Makerere University Business School, Kampala, Uganda)
Joseph Mpeera Ntayi (Department of Procurement and Logistics Management, Faculty of Economics, Energy and Management Science (FEEMS), Makerere University Business School, Kampala, Uganda)
John C. Kigozi Munene (Graduate Research Centre, Makerere University Business School, Kampala, Uganda)

International Journal of Emergency Services

ISSN: 2047-0894

Publication date: 5 August 2020

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to examine how humanitarian organisation size affects inter-organisational coordination and further tested the mediating role of organisational innovativeness, self-organisation in the relationship between humanitarian organisation size and inter-organisational coordination among humanitarian organisations in Uganda.

Design/methodology/approach

The study is based on cross-sectional survey; data was collected from 101 humanitarian organisations. The analysis of the proposed hypotheses was done with the help of PLS-SEM using SmartPLS version 3.3.0 for professionals.

Findings

The results show that humanitarian organisation size significantly relates with inter-organisational coordination. In addition, self-organisation and organisational innovativeness play a complementary role between humanitarian organisation size and inter-organisational coordination.

Research limitations/implications

The findings of this research provide useful insights into the role of humanitarian organisation size in boosting inter-organisational coordination in humanitarian relief delivery. High levels of self-organisation and organisational innovativeness not only improve inter-organisational coordination in humanitarian relief delivery but also enhance the transformation of humanitarian organisation size benefits into inter-organisational coordination.

Originality/value

This research is one of the few studies that investigated the effect of humanitarian organisation size and inter-organisational coordination. It also brings into the limelight the mediating role of self-organisation and organisational innovativeness between humanitarian organisation size and inter-organisational ordination in humanitarian relief delivery.

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Acknowledgements

The authors are grateful to the Almighty God.Funding: The authors are grateful to the management of MUBS that awarded the student the scholarship and funding to undertake his PhD Program. This publication would not have been possible without such support.

Citation

Mutebi, H., Muhwezi, M., Ntayi, J.M. and Munene, J.C.K. (2020), "Organisation size, innovativeness, self-organisation and inter-organisational coordination", International Journal of Emergency Services, Vol. 9 No. 3, pp. 359-394. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJES-05-2020-0024

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