Designing post-disaster supply chains: learning from housing reconstruction projects

Gyöngyi Kovács, Aristides Matopoulos, Odran Hayes

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Post-disaster housing reconstruction projects face several challenges. Resources and material supplies are often scarce; several and different types of organizations are involved, while projects must be completed as quickly as possible to foster recovery. Within this context, the chapter aims to increase the understanding of relief supply chain design in reconstruction. In addition, the chapter is introducing a community based and beneficiary perspective to relief supply chains by evaluating the implications of local components for supply chain design in reconstruction. This is achieved through the means of secondary data analysis based on the evaluation reports of two major housing reconstruction projects that took place in Europe the last decade. A comparative analysis of the organizational designs of these projects highlights the ways in which users can be involved. The performance of reconstruction supply chains seems to depend to a large extent on the way beneficiaries are integrated in supply chain design impacting positively on the effectiveness of reconstruction supply chains.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRelief supply chain management
Subtitle of host publicationhumanitarian, aid and emergency logistics
EditorsGyöngyi Kovács, Karen M. Spens
Place of PublicationHershey, PA (US)
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-6096-0825-5
ISBN (Print)978-1-6096-0824-8
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2011


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