Assessing the value of supply chain management in the humanitarian context – An evidence-based research approach

Jonas Stumpf*, Maria Besiou, Tina Wakolbinger

*Korrespondierende*r Autor*in für diese Arbeit

Publikation: Wissenschaftliche FachzeitschriftOriginalbeitrag in FachzeitschriftBegutachtung


Purpose: The research objective is to study the relevance of supply chain management in the humanitarian context, analyze supply chain expenditures and identify major cost-saving potentials and future research directions. Design/methodology/approach: Our research design integrates exploratory and inductive research approaches that are based on existing literature, discussions with supply chain leaders and extensive financial data collected through field studies. Findings: Supply chain management is increasingly considered as a critical success factor for humanitarian operations and amounts on average to around 75% of the total response cost. Based on our findings, humanitarian supply chains bear tremendous potential for further improvements to provide more assistance with limited resources available. Research limitations/implications: In particular, humanitarian supply chains in conflict situations and procurement processes offer potential for impactful and relevant research. Whilst our study focuses on international organizations, future research should give more attention to supply chain cost structures of local actors to reveal further untapped potential. Practical implications: Our findings equipped supply chain leaders with fact-based evidence of the value of supply chain management and supported them in strategic meetings with their executive management and donors. Furthermore, we identified major cost-saving potentials. Social implications: For researchers (and practitioners), our findings serve as motivation to intensify their efforts in studying and enhancing supply chain management in the humanitarian context. Originality/value: This paper fulfils an identified need to study and provide empirical evidence of the value of supply chain management in the humanitarian context.

Seiten (von - bis)1-9
FachzeitschriftJournal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Frühes Online-Datum2022
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 2023

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