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Agility and resource dependency in ramp-up process of humanitarian organizations
Qing Lu1; Jie Wu2; Mark Goh3; Robert De Souza4
2019-08-12
Source PublicationThe International Journal of Logistics Management
ISSN0957-4093
Volume30Issue:3Pages:845-862
Abstract

Purpose – The ramp-up in humanitarian logistics operations is a stage when the demand surges, often at the start of an emergency. In response, agility is a key strategy used by the humanitarian organizations (HOs). However, the HOs are constrained by their existing resources and have to respond in the ramp-up process under their resource dependency. The purpose of this paper is to develop a framework on agility-building strategies used by HOs for the ramp-up.

Design/methodology/approach – This study applies both the dynamic capabilities perspective and resource dependence theory to humanitarian relief operations, and develops four testable propositions to explore the agility-building strategies of the HOs for the ramp-up process. A multiple-case study is conducted on six international HOs operating in Indonesia to verify them, in addition to an extensive literature search.

Findings – The case study shows that the human resource management, pre-positioning, standardization and supplier management of the HOs are all related to their resources and environment in the ramp-up process. The authors highlight the practical differences between the few super large, resource rich and centralized HOs with the second-tier HOs.

Research limitations/implications – Given the small sample size and single country as the site of study, some findings may not be applicable to the other HOs or in other regions.

Practical implications – The propositions could be applicable to other HOs operating under similar environments, and potentially to the commercial enterprises operating in a highly volatile environment with severe resource scarcity.

Originality/value – This study provides new insights into ramp-up operations and into how HOs build their agility and reduce their resource dependencies. Theoretically, the paper applies two established theories in the strategic management literature to a new field.

KeywordStrategic Management Humanitarian Logistics Emergency Preparedness Agility Strategy Dynamic Capabilities Resource Dependency Ramp-up Process
DOIhttps://doi.org/10.1108/IJLM-05-2018-0119
Indexed BySSCI ; SSCI
Language英语
WOS Research AreaBusiness & Economics
WOS SubjectManagement
WOS IDWOS:000484932700008
PublisherEmerald Publishing Limited
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionFaculty of Business Administration
DEPARTMENT OF MANAGEMENT AND MARKETING
Corresponding AuthorQing Lu
Affiliation1.Department of Logistics Management, Izmir University of Economics, Izmir, Turkey
2.Faculty of Business Administration, University of Macau, Taipa, Macau
3.Business School, The Logistics Institute – Asia Pacific, National University of Singapore, Singapore
4.The Logistics Institute – Asia Pacific, National University of Singapore, Singapore
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Qing Lu,Jie Wu,Mark Goh,et al. Agility and resource dependency in ramp-up process of humanitarian organizations[J]. The International Journal of Logistics Management,2019,30(3):845-862.
APA Qing Lu,Jie Wu,Mark Goh,&Robert De Souza.(2019).Agility and resource dependency in ramp-up process of humanitarian organizations.The International Journal of Logistics Management,30(3),845-862.
MLA Qing Lu,et al."Agility and resource dependency in ramp-up process of humanitarian organizations".The International Journal of Logistics Management 30.3(2019):845-862.
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