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Special issue on Humanitarian logistics education and training

Special issue call for papers from Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Call for papers

Journal of

Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain

Special issue on

Humanitarian logistics education and training

Special issue purpose

One of the most serious problems affecting the modern world is the increasing vulnerability of populations to the impacts of natural/technological disasters and complex emergencies. This has, in turn, led to a growing recognition of the importance of the logistics function and the management of the associated supply networks in the humanitarian sector. Consequently, in parallel with consideration of technological and process-related aspects of the humanitarian logistics challenge, there is also an increasing appreciation within the sector of the importance of professionalization of the logistics support function and the role played by training and education in its broadest sense. This should be understood to include consideration of the whole spectrum from doctoral research, via executive education, to training at a national or international practitioner level.

The aim of this special issue is, therefore, to promote new theoretical, empirical and practitioner research on the developments within the areas of education and training in support of the logistics preparation and response to such disasters and emergencies.

Specific aspects, such as the use of innovative teaching methods (simulations, games, role playing, etc.), together with consideration of pedagogical issues and research in the areas of broader disaster management and/or development studies, are all within the scope of the special issue, provided that they reflect potential ways in which the practice of humanitarian logistics/SCM can be advanced.

Research themes

We invite conceptual papers, qualitative or quantitative analysis research, and case studies that reflect established and/or emerging insights into the education and training of those involved within the field of humanitarian logistics. In doing so, we would welcome contributions across a wide range of issues, including but not limited to:

.Analysis that identifies strengths and weaknesses in current theory and/or practice.

.Cross-cultural and gender issues and their implications for humanitarian logistics education and training.

.Design and delivery of humanitarian logistics education and training programmes.

.Educating the educators and training the trainers.

.Impacts of organizational knowledge and learning.

.Practices for managing knowledge that underpin successful humanitarian logistics education and training programmes.

.Student expectations in humanitarian logistics training and education.

.Teaching of ``green'' logistics in a humanitarian logistics context.

.Use of innovative teaching techniques.

.The interface between military organizations and humanitarian NGOs in an education and training context.

.Identification of specific competencies and their incorporation into the curriculum.

.Standards for humanitarian logistics education and training.

The Journal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management, published by Emerald, is a peer- reviewed academic journal, which was launched in 2011 to meet the need for a journal dedicated to this vitally important field. This will be the first ``special issue'' for publication within the journal and, as such, emphasizes the vital importance of education and training within the field as a whole.

Guidelines for authors

Articles should not exceed 6,000 words in length, and further information and guidelines for authors are listed at: guidelines.htm?id=jhlscm

Submission guidelines

All submissions should be made though ScholarOne Manuscripts, following the guidelines below:

Registering on ScholarOne Manuscripts

To submit your paper online you must create an author account:

.Log on to:

.Click on the ``create account'' link at the top right of the screen.

.Follow the on-screen instructions, filling in the requested details before proceeding

.Your username will be your e-mail address and you have to input a password of at least eight characters in length and containing two or more numbers

.Click ``Finish'' and your account has been created.

Submitting an article on ScholarOne Manuscripts

.Once registered, go to: with your username and password. This will take you through to the Welcome page.

.(To consult the Author Guidelines for this journal, click on the Home Page link in the Resources column on the log-in page.)

.Click on the Author Centre button.

.Follow the ``Click here to submit a new manuscript'' link, which will take you through to the Manuscript Submission page.

.Complete all fields and browse to upload your article to the ``Humanitarian logistics education and training'' special issue.

.You must upload a minimum of three files – your article file (with no author details), a separate title page (with all author/s contact details), and a structured abstract in a word file.

.When all required sections are completed, preview your .pdf proof.

.Submit your manuscript.

When your paper is successfully submitted, you will receive an e-mail indicating that your paper has been received together with its unique identity number. If you experience any problems, please e-mail: [email protected], quoting the journal to which you are submitting and your article title.

Submission deadline

Full paper submissions are due: 30 September 2012

Guest Co-Editors' contact details

Dr Peter Tatham
Griffith Business School, Griffith University, QLD, Australia
E-mail: [email protected]

Dr Nezih Altay
Department of Management, De Paul University, Chicago, IL, USA
E-mail: [email protected]

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