Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management

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Dublin Institute of Technology

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(Le)agility in Humanitarian Aid Supply Chains
Kirstin Scholten
Dublin Institute of Technology,

Pamela Sharkey Scott
Dublin Institute of Technology

Brian Fynes
Smurfit School of Business, University College Dublin

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Scholten, K., Sharkey Scott, P., Fynes, B. Le)agility in humanitarian aid (NGO) supply International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management Volume: 40 Issue: 8/9 2010

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Figure 1 Humanitarian Aid funding to the developing world from 2000-2008 in million US$ (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, 2010)

In contrast, commercial organisations actively adopt emerging SCM techniques and have responded to volatile and dynamic markets by developing agile supply chains. These agile supply chains build flexible and responsive capabilities in terms of their processes, networks and how they are integrated across other organisations (Van Hoek et al., 2001). We investigate the applicability of the agility concept to the HA supply chain, specifically NGOs, and present the results of our exploratory investigation. This provides an exciting opportunity to develop and extend the potential originally suggested by Oloruntoba and Gray (2006), and contribute to the theoretical underpinning of this under-researched area (Pettit and Beresford, 2009). By demonstrating how agility practices are translated from commercial to HA organisations, we gain insights into how NGOs specifically, and HA agencies
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