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The Humanitarian Supply Chain Assessment Tool (HumSCAT)

Ruth Banomyong (Department of International Business Logistics and Transport, Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand)
Puthipong Julagasigorn (Faculty of Commerce and Accountancy, Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand)
Paitoon Varadejsatitwong (Faculty of Commerce and Accountancy, Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand)
Pairach Piboonrungroj (Supply Chain Economics Research Centre, Faculty of Economics, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, Thailand)

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

An understanding of the “AS-IS” stage of a relief operation is the basis for further action in humanitarian supply chain management. The purpose of this paper is to develop a toolbox called the Humanitarian Supply Chain Assessment Tool (HumSCAT). This toolbox is comprised of a set of basic tools which can be classified into each phase of disaster relief.

Design/methodology/approach

The HumSCAT is proposed by paralleling frequently used tools in commercial supply chains with the objectives and characteristics of relief phases. A case study was used to validate the HumSCAT along with six tools provided in the preparation phase.

Findings

The HumSCAT consists of seven tools in the preparation phase, nine tools in the response phase and ten tools in the recovery phase. The case study illustrates how to use the HumSCAT and the six tools. The latter were found to be useful for improving the relief chain.

Research limitations/implications

The list of tools is not exclusive. Other tools might be applicable as long as they meet the objectives and characteristics of the phase. A tool should be adjusted accordingly to the contexts. Tools in other phases should be validated in future research.

Practical implications

The HumSCAT may serve as a reference toolbox for practitioners. Its output can be used for further designing of the “TO-BE” status of humanitarian relief chains.

Originality/value

The HumSCAT is proposed as a toolbox for academics and practitioners involved in humanitarian supply chains.

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Acknowledgements

The research conducted in this manuscript was partially funded by the Kuehne Foundation.

Citation

Banomyong, R., Julagasigorn, P., Varadejsatitwong, P. and Piboonrungroj, P. (2019), "The Humanitarian Supply Chain Assessment Tool (HumSCAT)", Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Vol. 9 No. 2, pp. 221-249. https://doi.org/10.1108/JHLSCM-09-2018-0064

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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