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2012/2013  KAN-CM_SU2C  Humanitarian Operations (Intensive)

English Title
Humanitarian Operations (Intensive)

Course information

Language English
Exam ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Full Degree Master
Duration Summer
Course period Summer
6 week course (3 weeks of classes, 3 weeks of exam).NOTE: the course schedule is at the moment ONLY available at www.cbs.dk/summer
Time Table Please see course schedule at e-Campus
Study board
Study Board for MSc in Economics and Business Administration
Course coordinator
  • Rolando Tomasini
    Patricia Plackett - Department of Operations Management
Main Category of the Course
  • Business Ethics, value based management and CSR
Last updated on 23-04-2012
Learning objectives
Students should be able to:
  • understand the main players in the humanitarian sector
  • understand the theories, concepts and frameworks that apply to disaster preparedness, disaster response coordination and private sector intervention
  • analyze different stages of disaster management and how companies can contribute to them in form of corporate social responsibility initiatives.
Students most benefiting from this course have a background or a strong interest in corporate social responsibility, supply chain management, humanitarian or military operations. The course is multidisciplinary based on qualitative analysis and can be adapted to several profiles.
Humanitarian Operations
Project/Home Assignment, 15 pages:
Type of test Home Assignment
Marking scale 7-step scale
Second examiner No second examiner
Exam period Summer Term
Aids Please, see the detailed regulations below
Duration Please, see the detailed regulations below
Mandatory feedback assignment to be handed in order to be able to write the project/home assignment.

The project/home assignment 15 A4 pages, individually written, will be given for the last three weeks. The hand in deadline for the project/home assignment will be in the last week of the program.

Course content
The course is designed in three main sections. The first will give students an overview of the humanitarian system and the role of logistics/supply chain management in disaster relief. The second section is meant to discuss different management issues in the preparedness (working between disasters) and response (coordinating during a disaster). The third section is meant to discuss how the private sector can contribute to each of the disaster stages. For this we will discuss different partnership models including corporate social responsibility and social entrepeneurship.
Teaching methods
Lectures will be based on case study analysis paired with discussions from the book readings. Students will be provided with questions ahead of time to prepared for each session where group work may take place.

Expected literature
Book:  Humanitarian Logistics. Rolando Tomasini and Luk Van Wassenhove . Palgrave MacMillan 2009 (ISBN- 978-0-230-20575-8)
Case Studies from the INSEAD Humanitarian Case Study collection.
Coordinating Disaster Logistics in El Salvador using SUMA10/2003-5145
Fuels: A Humanitarian Necessity in 2003 Post-Conflict Iraq.                      .07/2005-5290
Genetically Modified Food Donations and the Cost of Neutrality. Logistics Response to the 2002 Southern Africa Food Crisis03/2004-5169
IFRC Choreographer of Disaster Management. Gujarat Earthquake06/2002-5032
IFRC Choreographer of Disaster Management. Hurricane Mitch06/2002-5039
WFP Lesotho : Building Sustainable Operations01/2008-5495
Logistics Moving the Seeds of Brighter Future: Afghanistan 2nd Year . 09/2003-5135
Managing Information in Humanitarian Crisis: UNJLC Website. 04/2005-5278
Moving the World : Learning to Dance03/2004-5194
Moving the World : Looking for a Partner02/2004-5187
UNJLC Afghanistan Operations First Year. 05/2003-5092
UNJLC An Operational and Conceptual Inter-Agency Logistics Platform.05/2004-5213
UNJLC The Genesis of a Humanitarian Relief Coordination Platform       .04/2003-5093
Last updated on 23-04-2012