The Partner Proliferation Problem in Disaster Response Networks

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Rye, S., El-Haddadeh, R. and Aktas, E. (2015). The Partner Proliferation Problem in Disaster Response Networks. in: Advances in Managing Humanitarian Operations
AuthorsRye, S., El-Haddadeh, R. and Aktas, E.
Abstract

The extraordinary conditions of a major disaster require mobilization of all available resources. This necessity, together with the stretch in the response budget in the public sector and the difficulty of raising funds in the private sector, draws various humanitarian actors with widely diverse capabilities into the affected area. This phenomenon is called the proliferation of actors, or the partner proliferation problem. This problem can have serious counterproductive effects on disaster operations, such as unmanaged independent efforts that lead to a duplication and confusion of effort. The disaster response phase generally lacks the contributions of a long-term outlook and pre-planning, which are adopted in existing long-term structures such as supply chains. The aim of this paper is to provide a structured review of the partner proliferation problem in the response phase and to suggest alternative courses of action for restructuring the disaster response network. Drawing on the concept of Virtual Organizations, the paper concludes that short-term collaboration is a suitable structure for the response phase. Short-term collaboration in the response phase is complementary to long-term collaborations such as supply chains in the recovery, mitigation, and preparedness phases of the disaster cycle. To that end, a conceptual framework is provided for re-structuring the disaster response network to align with the other phases of disaster management. Finally, further research is suggested to develop a decision making tool for partner configuration to meet the specific requirements of a disaster response network.

Year2015
Book titleAdvances in Managing Humanitarian Operations
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SeriesInternational Series in Operations Research & Management Science (ISOR)
ISBN9783319244167
9783319244181
ISSN0884-8289
2214-7934
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Deposited27 Oct 2022
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-24418-1_6
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JournalInternational Series in Operations Research & Management Science
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