A1 Journal article (refereed), original research

Interorganizational Interaction in Disaster Response Networks: A Government Perspective

Open Access hybrid publication

Publication Details
Authors: Quarshie Anne, Leuschner Rudolf
Publisher: Wiley
Publication year: 2020
Language: English
Related Journal or Series Information: Journal of Supply Chain Management
Volume number: 56
ISSN: 1523-2409
JUFO-Level of this publication: 3
Open Access: Open Access hybrid publication


Governments play important roles as focal organizations in
many interorganizational networks. However, the government perspective has
largely been overlooked in the literature on supply networks, including
research on humanitarian operations and logistics. So far, little attention has
been devoted to how government agencies and other actors interact within
complex networks. In this study, we use a qualitative research approach to
study interorganizational interaction in the context of a major U.S. disaster:
Hurricane Sandy. Specifically, we investigate the relatively successful Sandy
response effort conducted by the New Jersey state government in interaction with
other humanitarian actors. We find that the government took three main roles in
interacting with other actors within the disaster response network: organizer,
facilitator, and supply network member. Moreover, we develop a grounded model
that provides a theoretical explanation of the interaction process and
highlights the practices used by the government during the response stage. In
addition to contributing to the humanitarian research domain, our study
advances the emerging discourse on networks whose focal actors are not
for-profit firms.

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