CALL FOR PAPERS
A Volume in the Springer International Series in Operations Research & Management Science entitled
Advances in Managing Humanitarian Operations
Editors: Nezih Altay (DePaul Univ.), Mark Haselkorn (Univ. of Washington), and Christopher Zobel (Virginia Tech)
Humanitarian operations are a critical and challenging activity. The general class of problems in this area are distinct from those in business operations management for a number of reasons. Among these are the focus on minimizing suffering and empowering affected populations, the requirement for ethical and just treatment, the complex and often politically charged problem setting, the need for transparency and accountability, the uncertain and dynamic environment, the distinctive decision-making processes of non-profit and governmental organizations, and the existence of unusual resource constraints (e.g. often involving too many rather than too few resources). The work of the practitioner community is also critical to any discussion of humanitarian operations. Research in humanitarian operations generally can be divided into efforts focused on disaster relief (short term), development (long term), and community empowerment (sustainability). In each of these cases, the common thread is the appropriate provision of services in partnership with the affected community.
This volume is looking to provide a survey of current research problems and results, to discuss existing applications of humanitarian operations research, and to consider new research efforts that clearly extend existing research and applications. It seeks to apply a services science viewpoint to highlight research results and outstanding issues and opportunities, including foundational issues such as the definition of value and measurements of success. The intent is to provide a solid reference for humanitarian operations researchers, practitioners, and policy makers, and thus to encourage further efforts to continue advancement in this area.
RECOMMENDED TOPICS AND THEMES
Original papers of approximately 4500 to 9000 words (not including figures and tables) on all aspects of humanitarian operations management are invited. Papers that specifically provide a services science perspective of humanitarian operations are especially welcome. Submissions can be focused on surveys of existing techniques, development of new research, discussion of actual applications, and cutting edge research that extends the current state-of-the-art.
The three main topic areas of interest are the following:
Ex: Humanitarian relief supply chains, humanitarian logistics
Ex: Food security, Health, Education, Capacity building
Ex: Blood banks, Food banks
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit, on or before June 15, 2014, a 500 to 1000 word extended abstract that clearly explains the mission and concerns of the proposed paper. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified about the status of their proposals by June 30, 2014, and sent more specific paper guidelines at that point. Each paper will then go through a refereeing process. All submitted material must be original and it must not be published or currently under consideration for publication elsewhere, either as a whole or in part.
Proposals should be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
TIMELINE FOR THE PROJECT:
Manuscript proposals due June 15, 2014
Notification on proposal status June 30, 2014
Complete papers due from authors November 1, 2014
Reviews available to authors December 15, 2015
Revised manuscripts due from authors February 15, 2015
Spring Verlag volume published Summer 2015
Nezih Altay, Ph.D.
Dept. of Management
1 E. Jackson Blvd.
DePaul Center 7100
Chicago, IL 60604
Mark P. Haselkorn, Ph.D.
Dept. of Human Centered Design and Engineering
University of Washington
UW HCDE 352315
Seattle, WA 98195
Christopher W. Zobel, Ph.D.
Dept. of Business Info. Technology
1007 Pamplin Hall
880 West Campus Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061-0235