Application of soft systems methodology in solving disaster emergency logistics problems

Hakami, A, Kumar, A, Shim, S and Abu Nahleh, Y 2013, 'Application of soft systems methodology in solving disaster emergency logistics problems', International Journal of Mechanical, Industrial Science and Engineering, vol. 7, no. 12, pp. 737-744.


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Title Application of soft systems methodology in solving disaster emergency logistics problems
Author(s) Hakami, A
Kumar, A
Shim, S
Abu Nahleh, Y
Year 2013
Journal name International Journal of Mechanical, Industrial Science and Engineering
Volume number 7
Issue number 12
Start page 737
End page 744
Total pages 8
Publisher World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology
Abstract In recent years, many high intensity earthquakes have occurred around the world, such as the 2011 earthquake in Tohoku, Japan. These large-scale disasters caused huge casualties and losses. In addition, inefficient disaster response operations also caused the second wave of casualties and losses, and expanded the damage. Effective disaster management can be used to respond to the chaotic situation, and reduce the damage; however, some inefficient disaster response operations are still used. Therefore, this case study chose the 921 earthquake for analyzing disaster emergency logistics problems and proposed the Soft Systems Methodology (SSM) to solve disaster emergency logistics problems. Moreover, it analyses the effect of human factors on system operation, and suggests a solution to improve the system.
Subject Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Manufacturing Engineering not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) Soft systems methodology
emergency logistics.
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