Humanitarian-business partnerships in managing humanitarian logistics

Nurmala, N, De Leeuw, S ORCID: 0000-0003-3056-8775 and Dullaert, W, 2017. Humanitarian-business partnerships in managing humanitarian logistics. Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, 22 (1). ISSN 1359-8546

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Abstract

Purpose - The aim of this article is to conduct a systematic literature review to understand the state of the art of partnerships between humanitarian organizations and business
corporations in managing humanitarian logistics.
Design/methodology/approach - A systematic literature review is conducted based on the steps proposed by Denyer and Tranfield (2009). The Context-Intervention-Mechanism-
Outcome (CIMO) logic is applied to identify the state of the art of partnerships between humanitarian organizations and business corporations in humanitarian logistics. Thirty-six
papers related to the topic are extracted from recognized journal databases and then classified into four categories based on the CIMO logic: situational context, intervention
factors, mechanisms, and outcomes.
Findings – The study shows that while the context and mechanisms for developing crosssector partnerships between the humanitarian and the business sector have been examined
and illuminated by many researchers, additional research (in particular, empirical studies) is needed to measure outcomes as well as the contributions of partnerships to the performance of humanitarian logistics. In addition to synthesizing the literature in this area this study also presents challenges of such partnerships.
Academic and practical implications – The study improves the understanding of the state of cross-sector partnerships in humanitarian logistics as well as identifies opportunities for future research in this area. The study provides reasons and motives of initiating humanitarian-business partnerships in humanitarian logistics as well as their mechanisms
and potential outcomes. This may help in developing successful logistics partnerships with each other.
Originality/value – This is the first systematic literature review to examine the nature of partnerships between humanitarian organizations and business corporations in humanitarian logistics using CIMO logic.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Supply Chain Management: An International Journal
Creators: Nurmala, N., De Leeuw, S. and Dullaert, W.
Publisher: Emerald
Date: 2017
Volume: 22
Number: 1
ISSN: 1359-8546
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1108/SCM-07-2016-0262DOI
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Depositing User: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 27 Feb 2017 13:39
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 14:13
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/30281

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