Achieving Agility in Evacuation Operations: An Evidence-Based Framework

Abstract

There is an agreement among European countries about the need to achieve efficient, effective and responsive evacuations as part of disaster management. Evacuations face uncertain and dynamic conditions, which often challenge the expectations at the planning stage. This research looks at the adoption of agility in evacuation operations. Managers involved in disaster operations in three countries were interviewed to identify current practices and needs during evacuations. This article looks at the potential of beneficiary engagement, staff and information, cooperation, and fitness for change to incorporate agile practices at each one of the stages of evacuation planning. The purpose is to provide an Agile Evacuation Operations (AEO) evidence-based framework to inform theory and practice. The analysis provided shows that along with current practices it is important to engage the beneficiaries more closely, empower and train the staff to react to unexpected conditions, and take advantage of local knowledge to enhance operations.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/09537287.2020.1834132
Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School > Operations & Information Management
College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript version of the following article, accepted for publication in Production Planning & Control. Oscar Rodríguez-Espíndola, Stella Despoudi, Pavel Albores & Uthayasankar Sivarajah (2021) Achieving agility in evacuation operations: an evidence-based framework, Production Planning & Control. It is deposited under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Evacuation,agility,humanitarian operations,Computer Science Applications,Strategy and Management,Management Science and Operations Research,Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2021-03-17
Published Online Date: 2021-03-17
Accepted Date: 2019-03-26
Authors: Rodríguez-Espíndola, Oscar (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-4889-1565)
Despoudi, Stella (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-8377-6407)
Albores, Pavel (ORCID Profile 0000-0001-7509-9381)
Sivarajah, Uthayasankar

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