Print Email Facebook Twitter Decision-making and operations in disasters: Challenges and opportunities Title Decision-making and operations in disasters: Challenges and opportunities Author Rodríguez-Espíndola, O. Albores, P. Brewster, C. Publication year 2018 Abstract Purpose: Decision-making structures are commonly associated with the logistics challenges experienced during disaster operations. However, the alignment between the operational level and the decision-making structure is commonly overlooked. The purpose of this paper is to provide an analysis of the fit of both levels and its impact on performance. Design/methodology/approach: The research is developed around a case study in Mexico. Through a review of the disaster management policy in the country, interviews and secondary data, the paper provides an analysis of the current decision-making structure, the logistics activities undertaken by authorities and the impact of the alignment between both components on logistics performance. Findings: The analysis suggests that several of the challenges commonly associated with centralisation are actually rooted on its alignment with the operational level. The logistics performance is negatively affected by faulty assumptions, poorly planned procedures, inconsistent decision-making and poorly designed structures. The case showed the need to align the operational level with a centralised perspective to increase responsiveness, flexibility and the interaction between different organisations. Originality/value: This paper identifies the impact of the misalignment between the decision-making structure and the operational level on logistics performance, an area currently understudied. It moves from the current argument about the appropriate decision-making structure for disaster management to the identification of components to implement an efficient and effective disaster management system. Additionally, this paper provides recommendations for best practices in humanitarian logistics, which are applicable to Mexico and other countries using a centralised decision-making approach. © 2018, Emerald Publishing Limited. Subject InformaticsDecision processesDeveloping countriesHumanitarian logistics To reference this document use: http://resolver.tudelft.nl/uuid:01d064a8-2bcc-4f1f-8d68-a20b72671707 DOI https://doi.org/10.1108/ijopm-03-2017-0151 TNO identifier 807277 ISSN 0144-3577 Source International Journal of Operations and Production Management Document type article Files To receive the publication files, please send an e-mail request to TNO Library.