Understanding the Complexity of Emergency Supply Chains

  • 2h 10m
  • Matt Shatzkin
  • Business Expert Press
  • 2017

While conventional commercial supply chains may be complicated, emergency supply chains are inherently complex. In responding to an emergency, they lack a developed forecast, primarily use manual requisitioning systems, and do not possess sophisticated means to sense and respond to the rapidly emerging and changing demand. Multiple stakeholders come together, many for the first time, to execute "on the fly." Their success is mostly defined by effectiveness, in either preserving combat capability or providing relief; the primary focus becomes getting the job accomplished "at all costs." As a result, supply chain efficiency is an afterthought, and optimization is difficult, if not undesired. This book completes the education of both practitioners and academics across multiple domains and disciplines. It contributes to military and nongovernmental operators, logisticians, and organizations' understanding of emergency supply chain strengths and vulnerabilities. Similarly, emergency management professionals will gain a sense of how these supply chains accomplish, limit, or constrain the emergency management process. Undergraduates and other supply chain professionals seeking a deeper understanding of supply chains will also benefit, as the book explores circumstances that run contrary to supply chain theory and thus reinforces a solid grasp on supply chain fundamentals.

About the Author

Matt Shatzkin holds a Ph.D. in Transportation and Logistics from North Dakota State University. He is an active duty Army Colonel with 24 years as a logistician. Three times in his career he has deployed in support of no-notice, Army expeditionary operations. In 2010, he commanded the 407th Brigade Support Battalion, supporting 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division as the Global Response Force (GRF) for Operation Unified Response (OUR) earthquake relief efforts in Port au Prince, Haiti. He has published articles in Military Review and Army Sustainment on expeditionary logistics. As part of his current duty at the U.S. Army War College, he co-teaches an elective on the modernization of supply chain management and serves as a student advisor for sustainment related research.

In this Book

  • Introduction
  • General Sources of Complexity Within Emergency Supply Chains
  • Part 1 Understanding Complexity Within the Military Domain of Emergency Supply Chains
  • Part 2 The Nature of an Expedition
  • Understanding Complexity Within the NGO-Led Disaster Relief Domain of Emergency Supply Chains
  • Part 1 The Potential for Emerging Capabilities in Emergency Supply Chains
  • Part 2 A Proposed Hierarchy for Evaluating Effective Supply Chains
  • Conclusion