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Developing and analyzing framework to manage resources in humanitarian logistics

Waqar Ahmed (Department of Management Sciences, Iqra University, Karachi, Pakistan)
Arsalan Najmi (Department of Management Sciences, Iqra University, Karachi, Pakistan) (Faculty of Business and Accountancy, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
Farhana Khan (Department of Management Sciences, Iqra University, Karachi, Pakistan)
Hasan Aziz (Department of Management Sciences, Iqra University, Karachi, Pakistan)

Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management

ISSN: 2042-6747

Article publication date: 24 September 2019

Issue publication date: 18 October 2019

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Abstract

Purpose

Humanitarian services usually perform in the face of uncertainty in which mobilization of resources in an efficient and effective manner is a big challenge. Sharing timely and correct information among logistics partners and workers is a key to drive rapid response logistics effectively. The purpose of this paper is to understand how coordinated effort effects resources management (RM).

Design/methodology/approach

This study uses quantitative research methodology and collected data from 82 humanitarian workers dealing with logistical activities from a densely populated city of Pakistan. Data were then statistically analyzed through partial least squares–structural equation modeling.

Findings

The results suggest that the success of humanitarian supply network depends upon the level of trust among the partners, which accelerates commitment through strong coordination. Information sharing reduces behavioral uncertainty and enhances swift trust (ST). ST then helps to improve coordination and commitment from all stakeholders in order to manage resources to lead effective relief operations.

Practical implications

The study guides the practitioners and relief operations’ policy makers to lay emphasis on distributing right and timely information flow among the partners, which can lead to effective, efficient and swift humanitarian relief operations.

Originality/value

This study on RM during humanitarian logistics is well timed in the context of developing country with high uncertain events, improper infrastructure and very limited resources.

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Citation

Ahmed, W., Najmi, A., Khan, F. and Aziz, H. (2019), "Developing and analyzing framework to manage resources in humanitarian logistics", Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Vol. 9 No. 2, pp. 270-291. https://doi.org/10.1108/JHLSCM-01-2019-0012

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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