Sourcing in humanitarian logistics: local, regional, and global approaches

Schiffling, Sarah and Hughes, Kate (2017) Sourcing in humanitarian logistics: local, regional, and global approaches. In: European Operations Management Association Annual Conference, 1 -5 July 2017, Herriot-Watt, Edinburgh.

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Sourcing and procurement of materials and services is a vital part of humanitarian logistics. Humanitarian organisations tend to combine local sourcing and international approaches, resulting in considerable complexity. This paper establishes a better understanding of the factors that influence sourcing decisions in humanitarian supply chains. 38 semi-structured interviews were conducted with individuals involved in both developmental and emergency humanitarian responses. Findings show that the philosophy of a particular humanitarian organisation has a considerable effect on their sourcing strategy, in addition to more practical issues such as local availability of goods and services, and quality control.

Keywords:humanitarian logistics, sourcing, procurement
Subjects:N Business and Administrative studies > N850 Transport Studies
N Business and Administrative studies > N100 Business studies
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
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Deposited On:06 Sep 2017 10:48

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