Annals of Operations Research

, Volume 283, Issue 1–2, pp 71–86 | Cite as

A systematic review of humanitarian operations, humanitarian logistics and humanitarian supply chain performance literature 2005 to 2016

  • Ruth BanomyongEmail author
  • Paitoon Varadejsatitwong
  • Richard Oloruntoba
Applications of OR in Disaster Relief Operations


The purpose of this manuscript is to explore methodologies for conducting comprehensive literature review. The manuscript objectives are twofold: one is to identify a suitable methodology for conducting comprehensive literature review and two is to enable the identification of main research themes and clusters obtained from the literature. The domain of humanitarian operations, logistics and supply chain performance is selected as the review context. The main strength of a systematic literature review from other styles of literature review is that it provides a much higher level of methodology to the process. It further provides a rapid comprehensive identification of main research themes and clusters as illustrated from the humanitarian operations and logistics performance domain.


Systematic review Humanitarian operations performance Humanitarian logistics performance Humanitarian supply chain peformance 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Thammasat Business SchoolThammasat UniversityBangkokThailand
  2. 2.Newcastle Business SchoolThe University of NewcastleCallaghanAustralia

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