Host government impact on the logistics performance of international humanitarian organisations

Dube, Nonhlanhla and van der Vaart, Taco and Teunter, Ruud and van Wassenhove, Luke (2016) Host government impact on the logistics performance of international humanitarian organisations. Journal of Operations Management, 47-48. pp. 44-57. ISSN 0272-6963

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Host governments severely impact international relief operations. An openness to assistance can lead to the timely delivery of aid whereas a reluctance to receive assistance can have devastating consequences. With lives at stake and no time to lose in humanitarian crises, understanding the host government's impact on the logistics performance of international humanitarian organisations (IHOs) is crucial. In this paper, we present an in-depth multiple-case study that explores this aspect. Results show that host government actions are explained by their dependency on IHOs and the levels of tensions between their interests (i.e., conflicting strategic goals). In addition, a host government's regulatory and enforcement capabilities are important for ensuring that they can safeguard their interests. We derive four stances that host governments can adopt in regulating logistics-related activities: non-restrictive, opportunistic, selectively accommodating and uncompromising. Each of these has different implications for the logistics performance of IHOs.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Operations Management
Additional Information: This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Journal of Operations Management. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Journal of Operations Management, 47-48?, 2016 DOI: 10.1016/j.jom.2016.05.011
Uncontrolled Keywords: /dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/1700/1706
Departments: Lancaster University Management School > Management Science
ID Code: 123553
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 22 Feb 2018 11:00
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Feb 2020 04:18

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