Skip to: search, navigation, or content.

Indiana University Bloomington

Operations & Decision Technologies

Kelley Advantage

Our Operations, Analytics and Information Systems faculty have written many of the definitive textbooks in the areas of operations, data analysis, database management, networking, and Excel modeling.

Recent Publications

Journal Articles

Vehicle Supply Chains in Humanitarian Operations: Decentralization, Operational Mix and Earmarked Funding.

2014, Production and Operations Management

Maria Besiou, Alfonso J. Pedraza-Martinez, Luk N. Van Wassenhove


The work of international humanitarian organizations (IHOs) frequently involves operating in remote locations, decentralized decision-making, and the simultaneous implementation of development and disaster response programs. A large proportion of this work is funded by `earmarked' donations, since donors often exhibit a preference for the programs they are willing to fund. From extensive research involving qualitative descriptions and quantitative data, and applying system dynamics methodology, we model vehicle supply chains (VSCs) in support of humanitarian field operations. Our efforts encompass the often-overlooked decentralized environment by incorporating the three different VSC structures that IHOs operate, as well as examining the entire mix of development and disaster response programs, and the specific (and virtually unexplored) effects of earmarked funding. Our results suggest that earmarked funding causes a real---and negative---operational impact on humanitarian disaster response programs in a decentralized setting. 


Besiou, Maria, Alfonso J. Pedraza-Martinez and Luk N. Van Wassenhove (2014), "Vehicle Supply Chains in Humanitarian Operations: Decentralization, Operational Mix and Earmarked Funding," Production and Operations Management, Volume 23, Issue 11 (November), pages 1950–1965.


Supply Chain Management, Humanitarian Operations, Global Logistics