Quotation Toyasaki, Fuminori, Arikan Fichtinger, Emel, Silbermayr, Lena, Falagara Sigala, Ioanna. 2017. Disaster relief inventory management: horizontal cooperation between humanitarian organizations. Production and Operations Management. 26 (6), 1221-1237.




Cooperation among humanitarian organizations has attracted increasing attention to enhance effectiveness and efficiency of relief supply chains. Our research focuses on horizontal cooperation in inventory management which is currently implemented in the United Nations Humanitarian Response Depot (UNHRD) network. The present work follows a two-step research approach, which involves collection of empirical data and quantitative modeling to examine and overcome the coordination challenges of the network. Our interviews with members of the network identified several managerial issues for sustainable cooperative inventory management that the UNHRD network pursues. Using a newsvendor model in the context of non-cooperative game theory, our research has explored member humanitarian organizations' incentive of joining the network, a coordination mechanism which achieves system optimality, and impacts of members' decisions about stock rationing. Our results indicate that behaviors of member HOs do not necessarily align with the UNHRD's expectation. Our results suggest that for system optimality, a system coordinator should carefully assess the circumstances, including demand coefficient and stock rationing. Our research also proposes a policy priority for the first-best system optimal inventory management.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Production and Operations Management
Citation Index SCI
WU Journalrating 2009 A
WU-Journal-Rating new FIN-A, INF-A, MAR-A+, STRAT-A, VW-B, WH-A
Language English
Title Disaster relief inventory management: horizontal cooperation between humanitarian organizations
Volume 26
Number 6
Year 2017
Page from 1221
Page to 1237
Reviewed? Y
URL http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/wol1/doi/10.1111/poms.12661/abstract
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/poms.12661
Open Access N


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Arikan Fichtinger, Emel (Details)
Silbermayr, Lena (Details)
Falagara Sigala, Ioanna (Former researcher)
Toyasaki, Fuminori (York University, Canada)
Institute for Production Management (Reiner) (Details)
Institute for Transport and Logistics Management (Details)
Department of Global Business and Trade DP (Details)
Information Systems and Operations Management DP (Details)
Institute for Production Management IN (Details)
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