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The Coordination Roles of Relief Organisations in Humanitarian Logistics
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Centre of Logistics and Supply Chain Management. Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Marketing and Logistics.
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Centre of Logistics and Supply Chain Management. Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Marketing and Logistics.
2012 (English)In: IMP Asia 2012 Proceedings, 2012Conference paper, Presentation (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The number of organizations involved in relief work in general and humanitarian logistics specifically is large and increasing, creating new complexity. Our purpose here is to contribute to the development of theoretical models on coordination in the field of humanitarian logistics.  The study is based on two case studies, one showing the initial stages of the development of the Cluster System in humanitarian relief, the other the post-election crisis in Kenya.  The original cases were restructured according to our theoretical framework and analysed accordingly using coordination dimensions as the core structure. We find that the start-up of operations is skewed by the need for a clear disaster declaration for the Cluster System.  Coordination in itself is seen as controversial, but many aspects that are normally called coordination are not.  Clarity of roles is often missing in the setting, but a certain flexibility is inherently necessary since roles have to adapt to the presence of other actors.  Locally accessible resources will govern the role of the organisations over the phases.  At the same time unclear or excessively wide roles mean much higher demands on coordination.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012.
Keyword [en]
Coordination, humanitarian clusters, case study, humanitarian logistics, roles in distribution
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Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-19860OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-19860DiVA: diva2:571198
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IMP Asia 2012
Available from: 2012-11-21 Created: 2012-11-21

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