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Doctor of Business Administration


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First Advisor's Name

Walfried Lassar

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Second Advisor's Name

George Marakas

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Third Advisor's Name

Arun Upadhyay

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Fourth Advisor's Name

Wendy Guess

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Humanitarian Assistance, Disaster Response, Resource Redundancy, Postponement, Joint Logistics Effort, Supply Chain Performance, Humanitarian Supply Chain

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This study explored the factors that affect supply chain performance during humanitarian assistance and disaster response operations. We examined the following theoretical coordination nodes, resource sharing, standardization of operations, joint logistics effort, and postponement on humanitarian supply chain performance. We collected survey data from 207 military and civilian logistics practitioners. Data were used to test a conceptual model, using linear regression with each direct effect relationship and moderating relationship tested. Results reveal the positive direct effect of standardization of operations and joint logistics effort on supply chain performance. However, standardization of operations’ effect on supply chain performance is weakened by the moderating effect of resource redundancy. Results inform future military and civilian humanitarian assistance actors on the effects of studied coordination nodes on supply chain performance. We include implications and recommendations for further research.





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