Scalability and Resilience in Humanitarian Supply Chains

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Title: Scalability and Resilience in Humanitarian Supply Chains
Author: Tabaklar, Tunca
Contributor: Svenska handelshögskolan, institutionen för marknadsföring, logistik och samhällsansvar
Hanken School of Economics, Department of Marketing, Supply Chain Management and Social Responsibility
Belongs to series: Economics and Society – 319
ISSN: 0424-7256 (printed)
2242-699X (PDF)
ISBN: 978-952-232-357-6 (printed)
978-952-232-358-3 (PDF)
Abstract: As disasters are affecting millions of people around the world, humanitarian supply chains are changing to identify needs and to respond to those affected. To achieve successful humanitarian operations, humanitarian supply chains need certain capabilities to anticipate the effects of a disaster, quickly mobilise the necessary resources and provide better services through these capabilities to the people in crisis. In other words, they must be resilient while scaling up quickly to meet unpredictable demands. Thus, the primary aim of this thesis is to explore the concept of scalability and understand how scalability contributes to various outcomes, such as resilience in HSCM, through three essays. The first essay is based on a systematic literature review to deepen the understanding of theoretical approaches and concepts borrowed from other research fields in humanitarian supply chain management. It is entitled ‘Borrowing Theories in Humanitarian Supply Chain Management’. The second essay is ‘Investigating Scalability for Building Supply Chain Resilience’, and the third essay is ‘Supply Chain Scalability: The Role of Supply Chain Integration’. Both the second and the third essays are based on a single case study in a humanitarian setting. A framework of scalability is developed through the dynamic capabilities view, as humanitarian organisations are operating in one of the most turbulent environments. Furthermore, this thesis contributes not only to humanitarian organisations but also organisations that face regular turbulence because the business environment is becoming increasingly turbulent.
Date: 2017-12-16
Subject: supply chain management
humanitarian supply chains
structural flexibility
dynamic capabilities

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