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Main Title: Horizontal cooperation in disaster relief logistics
Subtitle: benefits and impediments
Author(s): Schulz, Sabine F.
Blecken, Alexander
Type: Article
Language Code: en
Abstract: Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to further the understanding of opportunities involved in horizontal cooperation in disaster relief logistics. The potential and realized benefits of horizontal cooperation in disaster relief logistics, as well as related impediments are investigated. Design/methodology/approach – Case study research into three cooperative humanitarian organization initiatives. Findings – To a large extent, the same potential synergies exist in the humanitarian as in the private sector, but not all of the potential benefits have yet been realized. Humanitarian organizations focus less on cost aspects than on lead-time and quality improvements. It is apparent that smaller organizations can benefit most from a cooperative approach. Four main impediments to a cooperative approach are identified. These concern: the perception of logistics as one of the organization’s own core competences, cultural differences and mutual mistrust, a lack of transparency regarding the potential and existing benefits and inadequate relief capacities. Research limitations/implications – Research on horizontal cooperation in logistics is strengthened. A service provider model is selected as the mode of horizontal cooperation and the findings are valid only for this model. Practical implications – The presented benefits may be of assistance to humanitarian organizations assessing participation in a cooperation initiative. The indicated impediments may also serve as a guide for humanitarian organizations in horizontal cooperation considerations. Originality/value – Research on horizontal cooperation in logistics is scarce in both the private sector and the humanitarian domain. It appears that no other rigorous and systematic empirical study comparing existing logistics cooperation initiatives exists as yet.
Issue Date: 2010
Date Available: 26-Oct-2017
DDC Class: 530 Physik
Subject(s): aid agencies
distribution management
supply chain management
Journal Title: International journal of physical distribution and logistics management
Publisher: Emerald
Publisher Place: Bingley
Volume: 40
Issue: 8/9
Publisher DOI: 10.1108/09600031011079300
Page Start: 636
Page End: 656
ISSN: 0960-0035
Notes: Dieser Beitrag ist mit Zustimmung des Rechteinhabers aufgrund einer (DFG geförderten) Allianz- bzw. Nationallizenz frei zugänglich.
This publication is with permission of the rights owner freely accessible due to an Alliance licence and a national licence (funded by the DFG, German Research Foundation) respectively.
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