Coordination to choreography: the evolution of humanitarian supply chains

Ray Grange, Graham Heaslip*, Caroline McMullan

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to identify how coordination has evolved in humanitarian logistics, what were the triggers for change, and how have they been facilitated.
Design: Systematic literature review of academic journals.
Findings: This is the first paper to discuss the concepts of network orchestration and choreography in a humanitarian context. The research revealed that network coordination has moved on in the commercial sector to include orchestration and now, choreography concepts which have not been tested in HL literature. This reveals a lag exists between HL research and practice.
Research limitations/implications: This paper represents an exploratory study and provides the basis for further research on the concepts of orchestration and choreography in humanitarian logistics. The paper sets a research agenda for academics.
Practical implications: This paper is the first to discuss the concepts of network orchestration and choreography in a humanitarian context.
Originality/value: The areas of orchestration and choreography have received limited consideration within the humanitarian aid logistics literature to date. This paper is designed to redress this shortfall. As a result, it is hoped that it will act as a catalyst for further research and to widen and deepen the resultant debate with a view to improving the outcome for those affected by current and future disasters.
Original languageEnglish
Peer-reviewed scientific journalJournal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management
ISSN2042-6747
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 04.12.2019
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article - refereed

Keywords

  • 512 Business and Management
  • humanitarian logistics
  • systematic literature review
  • coordination
  • orchestration
  • choreography

Areas of Strength and Areas of High Potential (AoS and AoHP)

  • AoHP: Humanitarian and societal logistics

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