Performance measurement in humanitarian logistics: a customer-oriented approach

Schiffling, Sarah and Maja, Piecyk (2014) Performance measurement in humanitarian logistics: a customer-oriented approach. Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management, 4 (2). pp. 198-221. ISSN 2042-6747


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The purpose of this research is to develop a performance measurement framework that takes into account the key stakeholders of the logistics departments or personnel in humanitarian organisations. It reflects their views and characteristics by adapting the balanced scorecard to this environment. The key stakeholders are identified using the stakeholder salience framework by Mitchell et al. (1997).
This is a conceptual paper based on a systematic literature review on stakeholders, customers and performance measurement in humanitarian supply chains.
Beneficiaries are the customers that are the reason for the existence of humanitarian supply chains. Donors are the stakeholder group with the highest salience due to the greatest amount of power. Both groups have their own interests, creating a challenging environment for performance measurement. Standard business tools such as the balanced scorecard have to be adapted accordingly to be useful in this environment.
Research limitations/implications
This paper is conceptual and the proposed framework is yet to be tested empirically.
Practical implications
The proposed framework can help humanitarian organisations focus on the aspects of performance that are most relevant to their key customer groups.
The research brings together the complexities of humanitarian supply chains with the increasing customer focus that can be seen in commercial service supply chains. Based on an assessment of stakeholder salience, the difference in key customer groups is analysed. The resulting framework provides indications for balancing their diverging needs.

Keywords:Humanitarian supply chain, supply chain management, stakeholders, systematic literature review, performance measurement, NotOAChecked
Subjects:N Business and Administrative studies > N850 Transport Studies
N Business and Administrative studies > N200 Management studies
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
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ID Code:15836
Deposited On:29 Oct 2014 20:57

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