23 April 2007

Call for papers: Co-ordination of Service Providers in Humanitarian Aid

Call for papers: Co-ordination of Service Providers in Humanitarian Aid

A special issue of International Journal of Services Technology and Management

Delivering humanitarian aid involves many different actors, including beneficiaries, donors, aid agencies, NGOs, logistics service providers, governments as well as military forces. The coordination and design of structures, processes and services is particularly challenging due to the conditions in which humanitarian aid is delivered, which can be described as unpredictable, turbulent, and requiring flexibility.

The international humanitarian community has repeatedly called for an increase in the coordination in delivery of aid. Therefore, there is need for more knowledge concerning the coordination between actors, from an intra-organisational as well as from an inter-organisational perspective. This special issue focuses on the coordination of logistical, technological and financial services of different actors working in humanitarian aid.

All research, which contributes to the understanding of the coordination of services, and service providers in humanitarian aid, is welcome. Contributors are encouraged to submit original manuscripts that are conceptual, case studies, or empirically-based; and focus on the following or other areas related to humanitarian aid:
  • Inter-organisational coordination
  • Supply chain integration
  • Logistics services and technologies
  • Third and fourth party logistics
  • Logistics knowledge management
  • Financial flows and services
  • Integrating financial and material flows
  • Health care services

Important Dates
Closing date for submission of manuscripts: 31 October 2007
Communication of initial decision on manuscripts: 15 January 2008
Submission of final manuscripts: 29 February 2008

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