Using OR to adapt supply chain management best practices to humanitarian logistics

Using OR to adapt supply chain management best practices to humanitarian logistics The demand for humanitarian aid is extraordinarily large and it is increasing. In contrast, the funding for humanitarian operations does not seem to be increasing at the same rate. Humanitarian logistics has the challenge of allocating scarce resources to complex operations in an efficient way. After acquiring sufficient contextual knowledge, academics can use operations research (OR) to adapt successful supply chain management best practices to humanitarian logistics. We present two cases of OR applications to field vehicle fleet management in humanitarian operations. Our research shows that by using OR to adapt supply chain best practices to humanitarian logistics, significant improvements can be achieved. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Transactions in Operational Research Wiley

Using OR to adapt supply chain management best practices to humanitarian logistics

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Wiley
Copyright
Copyright © 2012 International Federation of Operational Research Societies
ISSN
0969-6016
eISSN
1475-3995
DOI
10.1111/j.1475-3995.2010.00792.x
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Abstract

The demand for humanitarian aid is extraordinarily large and it is increasing. In contrast, the funding for humanitarian operations does not seem to be increasing at the same rate. Humanitarian logistics has the challenge of allocating scarce resources to complex operations in an efficient way. After acquiring sufficient contextual knowledge, academics can use operations research (OR) to adapt successful supply chain management best practices to humanitarian logistics. We present two cases of OR applications to field vehicle fleet management in humanitarian operations. Our research shows that by using OR to adapt supply chain best practices to humanitarian logistics, significant improvements can be achieved.

Journal

International Transactions in Operational ResearchWiley

Published: Jan 1, 2012

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