Collaboration in Humanitarian Operations in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic

23 Pages Posted: 19 Apr 2021

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Milad Keshvari Fard

University of Bath, School of management

Felix Papier

ESSEC Business School

Date Written: April 15, 2021

Abstract

This preprint of a book chapter provides an overview of collaboration in humanitarian operations, focusing on the logistical aspects. Humanitarian logistics and operations has emerged as a sub-field of supply chain and operations management and studies how humanitarian organizations can be more efficient in the delivery of humanitarian aid. We review the key characteristics of this sub-field compared to traditional logistics and supply chain management. Collaboration is particularly important in the humanitarian context, in which only the collective performance of humanitarian organizations should count. We therefore discuss key factors of collaboration using the humanitarian SCOR model. Finally, we analyze how far the COVID-19 pandemic has forced humanitarian organizations to collaborate differently in their operations and what can be learnt from it for the future of humanitarian operations.

Keywords: Humanitarian Operations, Humanitarian Logistics, Collaboration, COVID-19 Pandemic, Disaster Relief, Development Programs, Humanitarian SCOR Model

Suggested Citation

Keshvari Fard, Milad and Papier, Felix, Collaboration in Humanitarian Operations in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic (April 15, 2021). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3827430 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3827430

Milad Keshvari Fard

University of Bath, School of management ( email )

Claverton Down
Bath, BA2 7AY
United Kingdom

Felix Papier (Contact Author)

ESSEC Business School ( email )

3 Avenue Bernard Hirsch
CS 50105 CERGY
CERGY, CERGY PONTOISE CEDEX 95021
France

HOME PAGE: http://www.essec.edu/faculty/felix-papier

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