The overall aim of the module is to explain the purpose and value of humanitarian organizations and supply chains within the society. Students will gain a deeper understanding of the similarities and differences between commercial and humanitarian operations by discussing the trade-offs in decision making through social and financial frames of reference. As a whole, this module sets out to provide a holistic strategic view of social enterprises through a comprehensive discussion of critical operational issues pertaining to performance, risk, strategy and sustainability.
This is a five-day intensive module; including lectures and seminars.
The lectures will be supported by 3 Guest Presenters who are experts in Humanitarian Supply Chains and Social Enterprises. The potential guest speakers are as follows:
- Mr. R. Maher: Social Auditor of Supply Chain Sustainability – sustainability auditor of global supply chains of Nestle, Shell and Rio Tinto. He will discuss years of experience of auditing supply chains in Nigeria, China and Chile.
- Mr. T. Denskus: Social entrepreneurism in development, debates on 'DIY aid', volunteering/voluntourism and the changing nature of development.
- Mr. R.J Wallace: Humanitarian Aid in Rwanda – will discuss his experience in disaster and on-going aid from a United Nations perspective.
The student-devised project for the 30 CATS assessment will offer an opportunity for students to work in collaboration with the tutor and to create a piece of work that offers a solution to a controversial topic or question that has interested them during the module. Students are encouraged to undertake their own research utilising methodologies presented during the module.
The module will consist of 5 days sessions. The module leader will attend all of each session, to integrate and stimulate the interdisciplinary learning.
- Welcome and introduction to the Module.
- The basics of operations, logistics and supply chain management (L&SCM)
- What is humanitarian L&SCM? Defining humanitarian operations and supply chain management
- Similarities and differences across commercial and humanitarian operations
- Disaster versus on-going aid supply chains
- Performance objectives for SCM Relationships
- Stakeholder theory principles
- Managing social enterprises and not-for-profits
- How do social enterprises create value: bricolage, networking
- Social vs. business frames of reference for decision making
- The measurement of social value
- Social entrepreneurism in development, debates on 'DIY aid', volunteering/voluntourism and the changing nature of development.
- Experience in disaster and on-going aid from a United Nations perspective
- Cross Case Discussions and Preparation for presentations
- Case Presentations: Rana Plaza Disaster, Haiti Humanitarian and On-going Aid, Rwanda Crisis; Doctors Without Borders; Ebola crisis
- Review of the module content
- MSc Humanitarian Engineering
- MSc Humanitarian Engineering - Sustainability
- MSc Humanitarian Engineering - Management (15 or 30 credits)
US Airforces drop approximately 14,000 bottles of water and 14,500 Ready to Eat meals on Jan. 23, 2010, to the outlying area of Port-au-Prince, Haiti following a magnitude 7 earthquake that hit the city on Jan. 12, 2010.