A roadmap for higher research quality in humanitarian operations: A methodological perspective

To enhance the rigor and relevance of future studies, this paper focuses on the methodological aspect of studies on humanitarian operations

Gyöngyi Kovacs; Mohammad Moshtari

2018

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  • Given the substantial costs of natural and man-made disasters, scholars in operations management and operations research have conducted extensive research in the last decade in a humanitarian setting
  • It suggests a meta-process for a higher research quality in humanitarian operations research. It highlights a number of key methodological items to enhance the rigor and relevance of future studies
  • To enhance the rigor and relevance of future studies, this paper focuses on the methodological aspect of studies on humanitarian operations
  • The study highlights a set of vital items that should be considered when conducting research in a humanitarian setting: including the problem structuring, understanding the contextual factors in a humanitarian setting, acknowledging the uncertainties in humanitarian operations, incorporating uncertainty in the model, enabling technologies in model development and implementation, and selecting appropriate data and research methods
  • The implications of the study for authors and reviewers of manuscripts and research proposals are discussed in the last section of the paper

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