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Self-organisation and supply chain agility: empirical evidence from humanitarian relief operations in a developing country

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)
John C. Kigozi Munene (Graduate Research Centre, Makerere University Business School, Kampala, Uganda)

International Journal of Emergency Services

ISSN: 2047-0894

Article publication date: 10 June 2021

Issue publication date: 5 October 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study was to establish whether self-organisation and its components matter for supply chain agility in the context of humanitarian relief operations in a developing country, Uganda.

Design/methodology/approach

This study adopted a cross-sectional design to collect data from a sample of 101 humanitarian organisations (HOs) that deliver relief to Bidi-Bidi refugee settlement in Uganda.

Findings

Based on the findings, self-organisation explains 56% of the variance in supply chain agility.

Research limitations/implications

Since the study was cross-sectional, changes in the perception of the subject matter could not be established. Hence, a longitudinal approach was recommended for subsequent studies. Data was collected only from HOs that deliver relief services in Bidi-Bidi refugee settlement.

Practical implications

It is recommended that managers of HOs should ensure that their organisations have flexible, adaptive structures that can affect self-organisation during emergencies so as to increase the speed with which they respond to victims' needs.

Originality/value

This study generates significant empirical evidence on a less studied phenomenon in the humanitarian sector. It vividly highlights the effect of self-organisation on building supply chain agility.

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Acknowledgements

The authors are grateful to the Almighty God.

Citation

Mutebi, H., Muhwezi, M. and Munene, J.C.K. (2021), "Self-organisation and supply chain agility: empirical evidence from humanitarian relief operations in a developing country", International Journal of Emergency Services, Vol. 10 No. 3, pp. 390-411. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJES-07-2020-0044

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