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The application of supply chain management principles to emergency management logistics: An empirical study

Matthew R. Peterson, MBA, CSCP, SCOR-P, Richard R. Young, PhD, FCILT, Gary A. Gordon, MSCE, MBA, PE


Key elements of supply chain theory remain relevant to emergency management (EM) logistics activities. The Supply Chain Operations Reference model can also serve as a useful template for the planning, organizing, and execution of EM logistics. Through a series of case studies (developed through intensive survey of organizations and individuals responsible for EM), the authors identified the extent supply chain theory is being adopted and whether the theory was useful for emergency logistics managers. The authors found several drivers that influence the likelihood of an organization to implement elements of supply chain management: the frequency of events, organizational resources, population density, range of events, and severity of the disaster or emergency.


emergency management logistics, supply chain management, emergency management planning

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