Four Theories for Research in Humanitarian Logistics



There has been a significant amount of interest in academic research and practice on humanitarian logistics (HL) in the past decade. Despite such interest, deployment of theories in research on HL has been limited. Theories, help in cultivating a deeper scholarly understanding of a concept such as HL. As a result, this chapter advocates four social science and management theories as valuable and worthy of consideration by scholars of HL as well as practitioners. The chapter further demonstrates how each of the four theories may be deployed for use in research. The purpose of this chapter is to generate, stimulate and develop innovative research ideas through analysis of each of the four suggested theories, and set the stage for future theoretically driven and rigorous investigations of the practice of HL.


Humanitarian logistics Humanitarian supply chains Theory 


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