Over the past 17 years, HRG has become the world’s leading research group in the field of humanitarian operations management. We have worked with more than 20 humanitarian organisations, from headquarters to program level, and from Geneva to Nairobi. In addition to the research outputs quantified above, we have contributed the following to the humanitarian operations management field:
Over a decade of experience in MBA, Executive, and PhD teaching on humanitarian operations
Initiator of colleges in humanitarian operations at POMS and EURO Professional Societies, and sections at major journals
The first three special issues in top journals on the subject
Organiser of conferences and workshops, e.g., the EURO HOpe conference and the Health and Humanitarian Logistics Conference in collaboration with MIT and Georgia Tech
We want to share our insights into the world of ‘extreme logistics’ and the broader complexities of humanitarian operations with you and tell you the stories of what happens before and after disasters are on the news. These short cases are suitable for academic course work related to logistics and supply chain management, but also aimed to create awareness of humanitarian problems, and, above all, to be exciting and interesting to read. Stay tuned, because the INSEAD Humanitarian Research Group will continue to spread awareness through novel cases on a regular basis.
How We Work
Our aim is to do impactful practice-based research. This requires direct engagement with the humanitarian sector. We therefore maintain long term research partnerships with humanitarian organisarions. This gives us the contextual knowledge for developing evidence-based insights and solutions for the various challenges organisations face. It also allows us to close the research loop and to be involved in follow up or implementation steps. This is what a typical research partnership looks like:
Uniquely positioned in a leading business school, HRG taps into a vast pool of resources including PhD candidates, MBA students, and world-class domain experts from our large academic network. Our group hosts expertise across a wide range of domains.
Methodological expertise: analytics, statistics, modelling, optimisation, and qualitative research techniques
Thematic expertise: strategy, operations, supply chain management, marketing, business models, organisational behaviour, asset management, information systems
Application expertise: disaster relief, development assistance, global health, epidemiology, family planning, sustainability
Case StudyHumanitarian Agility in Action (A): The 2015 Yemen Crisis by Van Wassenhove L., Delagarde C., Mikalsen J.
published: 15 Dec 2017
Case StudyHumanitarian Agility in Action (B): UNICEF's Response to the 2015 Yemen Crisis by Van Wassenhove L., Delagarde C., Mikalsen J.
published: 15 Dec 2017
Journal ArticleWang X., Wang X., Liang L., Yue X., Van Wassenhove L. (2017). Estimation of Deprivation Level Functions Using a Numerical Rating Scale. Production and Operations Management, 26(11), pp3.
Journal ArticleKunz N., Van Wassenhove L., Besiou M., Hambye C., Kovacs G. (2017). Relevance of Humanitarian Logistics Research: Best Practices and Way Forward. International Journal of Operations and Production Management, 37(11), pp4.
Journal ArticleBerenguer G., Keskinocak P., Shanthikumar J. G., Swaminathan J., Van Wassenhove L. (2017). A Prologue to the Special Issue on Not-for-Profit Operations Management. Production and Operations Management, 25(6), pp5.
Journal ArticleEftekhar M., Li H., Van Wassenhove L., Webster S. (2017). The Role of Media Exposure on Coordination in the Humanitarian Setting. Production and Operations Management, 26(5), pp6.
ReportBoufaied O., Delagarde C., Mikalsen J., Van Wassenhove L., Williams E. (2017). Humanitarian Agility in Action: UNICEF’s Response to the Yemen Crisis. INSEAD
Case StudySupply Chain Hubs in Global Humanitarian Logistics by Stauffer J. M., Pedraza Martinez A., Van Wassenhove L.
published: 30 Jan 2017
Journal ArticleDube N., Van der Vaart T., Teunter R., Van Wassenhove L. (2016). Host Government Impact on the Logistics Performance of International Humanitarian Organisations. Journal of Operations Management, 47-48, pp9.
Journal ArticleJahre M., Pazirandeh A., Van Wassenhove L. (2016). Defining Logistics Preparedness: A Framework and Research Agenda. Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management, 6(3), pp11.
Book ChapterBalaisyte J., Besiou M., Van Wassenhove L. (2016). Cross-Sector Partnerships for Sustainable Supply Chains. Sustainable Supply Chains (Vol. 4 of the series Springer Series in Supply Chain Management) (pp. 12). Springer.
Journal ArticlePedraza Martinez A., Van Wassenhove L. (2016). Empirically Grounded Research in Humanitarian Operations Management: The Way Forward. Journal of Operations Management, 45, pp13.
Journal ArticleHolguin-Veras J., Amaya-Leal J., Cantillo V., Van Wassenhove L., Aros-Vera F., Jaller M. (2016). Econometric Estimation of Deprivation Cost Functions: A Contingent Valuation Experiment. Journal of Operations Management, 45, pp14.
Journal ArticleEftekhar M., Van Wassenhove L. (2016). Fleet Management Policies for Humanitarian Organizations: Beyond the Utilization–residual Value Trade-off. Journal of Operations Management, 44, pp16.
Journal ArticleStauffer J. M., Pedraza Martinez A., Van Wassenhove L. (2016). Temporary Hubs for the Global Vehicle Supply Chain in Humanitarian Operations. Production and Operations Management, 25(2), pp18.
Journal ArticleKunz N., Van Wassenhove L., McConnell R., Hov K. (2015). Centralized Vehicle Leasing in Humanitarian Fleet Management: The UNHCR Case. Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management, 5(3), pp19.
Journal ArticleBesiou M., Pedraza Martinez A., Van Wassenhove L. (2014). Vehicle Supply Chains in Humanitarian Operations: Decentralization, Operational Mix, and Earmarked Funding. Production and Operations Management, 23(11), pp20.