Title: Selecting the best local/internal logistic service provider in a natural disaster: a game theoretic perspective in relation to flash floods in Sri Lanka

Authors: Shanaka Rajakaruna; Chen Yan; A.W. Wijeratne

Addresses: Dalian Maritime University, Department of Transport and Logistics, No. 1, Linghai Rd., Ganjingzi, Dalian, Liaoning, China ' Dalian Maritime University, Department of Transport and Logistics, No. 1, Linghai Rd., Ganjingzi, Dalian, Liaoning, China ' Department of Agribusiness Management, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka, Belihuloya 70140, Sri Lanka

Abstract: In the light of increasing attention to humanitarian operations, logistics have taken an unprecedented turn in the humanitarian sector. Humanitarian logistics (HL) has now become one of the significant factors in assisting any disaster. This paper presents a conceptual model to determine an evaluation method to find out the best logistic service provider (LSP) amongst the local/internal players in distributing aid. A game theory-based application model has been designed to select the best player. Variables which have an effect on performance were considered when developing the initial utility values. Model provides a pre-entry evaluation system, will assist various donors in effective management of delivery and distribution of humanitarian aid to recipients. The model was tested as a case study in a recent torrential rains and flash flood occurred in Sri Lanka. It is recommended to further test and improve this conceptual model to gain more effective results.

Keywords: humanitarian logistics; performance measures; game theory; Sri Lanka.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSCOR.2018.10014495

International Journal of Supply Chain and Operations Resilience, 2018 Vol.3 No.3, pp.202 - 218

Received: 20 Feb 2017
Accepted: 27 Sep 2017

Published online: 24 Jul 2018 *

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