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Decision-making in Humanitarian Operations

Strategy, Behavior and Dynamics

  • Sebastián Villa
  • Gloria Urrea
  • Jaime Andrés Castañeda
  • Erik R. Larsen

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Strategy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Marianne Jahre, Martine Jahre
      Pages 3-29
    3. Gloria Urrea, Alfonso J. Pedraza-Martinez
      Pages 31-54
    4. Margarita Cruz, Achim Schmitt
      Pages 55-75
    5. Sonia Camacho, Andrea Herrera, Andrés Barrios
      Pages 99-123
  3. Behavior

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 125-125
    2. Jaime Andrés Castañeda
      Pages 127-146
    3. Yefen Chen, Yanan Song
      Pages 169-191
    4. Jaime Andrés Castañeda
      Pages 193-219
  4. Dynamics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 221-221
    2. Carlos A. Delgado-Álvarez, Yris Olaya-Morales
      Pages 223-248
    3. Diana Carolina Guzmán Cortés, Leonardo José González Rodríguez, Carlos Franco
      Pages 249-273
    4. Luisa Díez-Echavarría, Karthik Sankaranarayanan, Sebastián Villa
      Pages 275-290
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 313-317

About this book


This book brings together research in humanitarian operations, behavioral operations and dynamic simulation. Part I outlines the main characteristics and strategic challenges of humanitarian organizations in preparedness, knowledge management, climate change and issues related to refugees and social inclusion. Part II gives an introduction to behavioral operations and experiments in single- and multi-agent settings, followed by discussions on quantal theory, framing effect and possible applications in the humanitarian sector. Part III introduces system dynamics and agent-based modeling and discusses how these techniques can be used to study dynamics and decision-making in humanitarian operations, with a focus on disaster management problems, collaborative strategies in humanitarian logistics and supply chains with heterogeneous decision makers. This book is unique in providing a holistic view of the decision-making process and challenges in the humanitarian sector.


behavioural operations disaster relief knowledge management strategy operations management system dynamics modelling collaborative strategy supply chain

Editors and affiliations

  • Sebastián Villa
    • 1
  • Gloria Urrea
    • 2
  • Jaime Andrés Castañeda
    • 3
  • Erik R. Larsen
    • 4
  1. 1.School of Management Universidad de los AndesBogotáColombia
  2. 2.Kelley School of Business Indiana UniversityBloomingtonUSA
  3. 3.School of Management Universidad del RosarioBogotáColombia
  4. 4.Aarhus UniversityAarhusDenmark

About the editors

Sebastián Villa is Assistant Professor in the School of Management at the Universidad de Los Andes, Colombia.

Gloria Urrea is a visiting researcher at the Kelley School of Business, Indiana University, USA. She holds a Ph.D. from the Università della Svizzera italiana (USI), Switzerland.

Jaime Andrés Castañeda is Principal Professor in the School of Management at the Universidad del Rosario, Colombia.

Erik R. Larsen is Professor in the Department of Management, School of Business and Social Sciences, Aarhus University, Denmark.

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