Exploring the link between the humanitarian logistician and training needs

Ann Marie Allen, Gyöngyi Kovács, Andrea Masini, Alain Vaillancourt, Luk Van Wassenhove

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Purpose – The aim of this paper is to evaluate job profiles in humanitarian logistics, and assess current task priorities in light of further training and educational needs. Design/methodology/approach – The paper presents findings from a survey among humanitarian logistics practitioners and compares these to other studies in this area. It uses econometric models to evaluate the impact of managerial responsibilities in training needs, usage of time and previous training.                                                                   Findings – The results show that the skills required in humanitarian logistics seem to follow the T-shaped skills model from Mangan and Christopher when looking at training wanted and time usage.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Research limitations/implications – Survey respondents being members of the Humanitarian Logistics Association (HLA) may be more interested in developing the humanitarian logistics profession than other populations.                                                                                                                                                                                               Originality/value – This paper offers an insight in the specific skill requirements of humanitarian logisticians from members of the HLA and allows to understand which type of skills are linked to managerial responsibilities. The paper also establishes a link between logistics skill models and career progressions overall.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)129-148
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Humanitarian Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 21 Oct 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Career path
  • Education
  • Humanitarian logistics
  • Logistics skills
  • Training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management Information Systems
  • Management Science and Operations Research


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