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An integrated approach to agility in humanitarian logistics


L'Hermitte, C and Bowles, M and Tatham, P and Brooks, B, An integrated approach to agility in humanitarian logistics, Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management, 5, (2) pp. 209-233. ISSN 2042-6747 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2015 Emerald Group Publishing Limited

DOI: doi:10.1108/JHLSCM-04-2014-0016


Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to propose first, a comprehensive model of the concept of agility in a humanitarian logistics context, and second, to generate a research agenda to test and operationalise this model. Design/methodology/approach: The paper draws on the dynamic capabilities model originated by Teece and uses a topical literature review of research in various business disciplines in order to reflect on the concept of agility in a humanitarian logistics context, to demonstrate that its current scope needs to be widened, and to propose an alternative approach. Findings: The proposed model extends the existing concept of agility in a humanitarian logistics context by integrating agility drivers, responsive and flexible operations, agility enablers, and strategic level agility capabilities into a single model. Research limitations/implications: Further research should focus on the nature of the risks/ uncertainties encountered by humanitarian organisations, the interactions between the strategic and operational levels of such an organisation, and the impact of strategic level agility capabilities on field responsiveness and flexibility. Originality/value: This paper brings new insights into the concept of agility in a humanitarian logistics context and contributes a model that reflects a more comprehensive understanding of this concept. In particular, it demonstrates that agility stems from strategic decisions and managerial practices.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:dynamic capabilities; agility; humanitarian logistics
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Transportation, logistics and supply chains
Research Field:Logistics
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Other law, politics and community services
Objective Field:Other law, politics and community services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:L'Hermitte, C (Ms Cecile L'Hermitte)
UTAS Author:Bowles, M (Dr Marcus Bowles)
UTAS Author:Brooks, B (Associate Professor Benjamin Brooks)
ID Code:103615
Year Published:2015
Web of Science® Times Cited:22
Deposited By:Seafaring and Maritime Operations
Deposited On:2015-10-20
Last Modified:2018-03-15

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