Supply chain management concepts and humanitarian aid agencies – an exploratory study

Kirstin Scholten, Dublin Institute of Technology
Pamela Sharkey Scott, Dublin Institute of Technology
Brian Fynes, Smurfit School of Business, University College Dublin

Document Type Conference Paper

European Operations Management Society, Gothenburg, 14-17 June 2009


The purpose of this research is to investigate the nature of humanitarian aid supply chains and explore if business supply chain concepts, particularly agility, are part of these in order to integrate humanitarian aid practices with concepts in the academic supply chain literature. It addresses Oloruntoba and Grey (2006) ‘Humanitarian aid: an agile supply chain?’ and investigates and expands on their exploratory study.