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ICHL 2013 : International Conference on Humanitarian Logistics


When Sep 22, 2013 - Sep 23, 2013
Where Indian Institute of Mgmt Raipur, India
Submission Deadline Jun 30, 2013
Notification Due Jul 15, 2013
Final Version Due Jul 31, 2013
Categories    logistics   supply chain   information technology   disaster management

Call For Papers

Call for papers
Jointly organized by
Indian Institute of Management Raipur & The Logistics Institute-Asia Pacific, Singapore
National University of Singapore

Background and scope

To achieve the success of a relief effort in the face of global emergencies such as flood, earthquakes, wars etc., humanitarian logistics and supply chain play a key role by focusing on rapidly delivering the correct amount of goods, people and monetary resources to the needed locations. However, effective delivery of humanitarian aid is an issue that is becoming increasingly important in disaster management, especially, with the frequent occurrence and increase in the magnitude and impact of both natural and manmade disasters. Therefore, it has become extremely important that the logistics systems and supply chains responsible for delivering this aid from origin to recipients become both effective and efficient.

Responding to unpredictable environment and to prepare and manage relief activities is a big challenge for government, non government and other relief agencies. The role of these relief agencies now entails not just following the operational specialty but also managing issues of concern to the people at large.

There has also been a growing realization of the indispensability of coordinated response to emergencies. Coordination involves, amongst other factors, efficient information exchange. Good logistic supply chain management and its requisite management information system will greatly facilitate such coordination. A Disaster response operation involves trade-offs of speed, cost, and accuracy with regard to the type of goods that are delivered and their quantities. Balancing these trade-offs requires a means of measuring supply chain performance; however, the inability to centrally capture time and cost data related to the procurement and distribution of goods has prevented a systematic process of performance measurement from being implemented.

Responding to the need of the people, there is a reason to look to the future with optimism. The development of information technology system that can provide visibility to the disaster relief supply chain is a major step forward for the humanitarian sector as a whole. As more organizations begin to adopt and implement these systems and visibility is established, the use of key performance indicators will then become essential to further enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of these supply chains.

This conference will serve as a highly interactive and collaborative environment for the participants where ideas will be shared around emerging themes in the area of Humanitarian logistics such as extending the reach of specialized nutrition products, exploring the role of social media and big data during crises, and examining the unique challenges for logistics in urban settings. Through this conference, IIM Raipur also takes a step forward in forging synergies between various non-government organizations, government agencies, corporate, academia and so on, to expedite a better reach of humanitarian response.

Conference Objectives

The 2013 ICHL summit will be a truly world class, innovative and a true learning experience. The summit will witness the sharing and exchange of ideas and thoughts from some of the finest and eminent dignitaries from the research colloquia across the world.

The objectives of the summit are:

 To provide with an overview of key Humanitarian logistics issues including deliver the appropriate supplies, in good condition, in the quantities required, and at the places and time they are needed.
 To make business managers more sensitized towards the humanitarian supply chain management processes due to the increasing complexity and magnitude of global emergency relief operations for their business.
 To understand the responsibilities of the academia, international relief agencies, NGO’s and government organizations and their role to equip the business leaders with the skills and knowledge to manage unpredictable environment.

Program Co-Chairs

Prof. B.S. Sahay, Indian Institute of Management Raipur, India
Prof. Mark Goh, The Logistics Institute-Asia Pacific, National Univ. of Singapore, Singapore
Prof. Sumeet Gupta, Indian Institute of Management Raipur, India

Suggested Themes

 Humanitarian supply chain
 Agile supply chain
 Emergency and supply chain
 Humanitarian logistics
 Reverse logistics
 Logistics planning in natural disaster
 Disaster relief operations
 Disaster relief and logistics
 Disaster prevention and management
 Emergency and logistics
 Warehousing and Inventory
 Procurement
 Transport
 Fleet management
 Import and Export
 Managing the Humanitarian supply chain response
 Staff management
 Material management and Distribution
 Logistics Management
 Performance indicator in humanitarian logistics
 Humanitarian relief chain
 Humanitarian technology
 Technology & humanitarian logistics
 Humanitarian logistic performance index

Paper Submission

The paper submitted to the conference must be in Microsoft Word format (.doc / docx). All papers must be submitted online through ICHL’s paper submission site: The paper must be formatted as per the submission template available at the conference’s website at: Instructions for using the template are provided in the template itself. Files submitted in other word processing formats or that do not use this template will not be considered for review. All text, figures and tables, References and Appendix should be in the same file and inserted in line with the text.

The conference invites research papers, research-in-progress and case studies in the area of humanitarian logistics. Their specific length requirements are as follows:
• Completed research papers should be between 4000-6000 words and must conform to the ICHL 2013 submission template. This word limit includes all text, figures, tables, and appendices. The cover page, abstract, keywords, and references are excluded from this count.
• Research-in-progress papers typically describe work that is as yet incomplete, but promising. The length of research-in-progress papers should be up to 3000 words. This word limit includes all text, figures, tables, and appendices. The cover page, abstract, keywords, and references are excluded from this count. Accepted research-in-progress papers will be presented in an interactive format as posters, during ICHL 2013, and will appear in the conference Proceedings. Additional information on poster preparation and presentation will be provided later.
• Case studies that reflect established and/or emerging insights into the education and training of those involved within the field of humanitarian logistics.
Some of the themes (but not limited to) that the paper can address are as follows:
o Analysis that identifies strengths and weaknesses in current theory and/or practice.
o Cross-cultural and gender issues and their implications for humanitarian logistics education and training.
o Design and delivery of humanitarian logistics education and training programmes.
o Educating the educators and training the trainers.
o Impacts of organizational knowledge and learning.
o Practices for managing knowledge that underpin successful humanitarian logistics education and training programmes.
o Student expectations in humanitarian logistics training and education.
o Teaching of ``green'' logistics in a humanitarian logistics context.
o Use of innovative teaching techniques.
o The interface between military organizations and humanitarian NGOs in an education and training context.
o Identification of specific competencies and their incorporation into the curriculum.
o Standards for humanitarian logistics education and training.

Conference Schedule

The conference shall comprise of two panel discussions and four technical sessions spread over two days. If necessary, concurrent sessions will be held. Each session shall be chaired by an expert from an educational institute/industry. Each author will be given 15 minutes to present which will be followed by discussion of questions by the authors for about 10 minutes. There will be provision for facilities of LCD Projector, OHP etc. for presentation.

Conference Proceedings Publication

All the accepted papers shall be published in the conference proceedings in a form of an edited book. A copy of the book shall be provided free to all the registered participants. The authors must have registered and completed the formalities of payment of registration fee for inclusion of the paper in conference proceedings.

Conference Venue and Accommodation

The Conference will be held at Indian Institute of Management Raipur. Detailed information about conference venue, hotels and reservation information will be available on the conference website in due course. IIM Raipur extends assistance to arrange accommodation at guest houses/hotels at Delhi at the expense of the participants.

Important Dates

Last date for submission of full paper: 31st May, 2013
Paper Acceptance Notification Due: 30th June, 2013
Last date for submission of final paper: 31st July, 2013

Conference Registration

Online registration will start from 15 June 2013 on the conference website. Registration will also be accepted by post or fax. Details and registration form will be available on the website. All attendees are requested to register for the conference. Registration is necessary even though no paper is submitted. One author must get registered for inclusion of the paper in the conference proceedings.

Registration Fee

For Faculty Members
SAARC Countries INR 5000 per Person
USA, Europe and other Countries USD $150

Research Scholars/Students
SAARC Countries INR 3000 per Person
USA, Europe and other Countries USD $100

SAARC Countries INR 7000 per Person
USA, Europe and other Countries USD $200

The Conference Fee includes Conference kit and a copy of the proceedings, Conference Lunch, Dinner, Tea and Refreshments


Online Payment can be made by way of Wire Transfer. To facilitate Wire Transfer, you need to provide the following information to the bank from where remittance is to be made. Delegated are requested to remit the registration fee through NEFT/RTGS mode of payment and in this regard our Banker details are as follows:

Bankers Name Union Bank of India
Branch Detail Priyadarshini Branch, Raipur
Savings Bank A/c No 612702010001753
NEFT/ RTGS Code UBIN 0561274
MICR Code 492026009

 All wire transfer shall be in favor of Indian Institute of Management Raipur, India.
 The registration fee as noted above is net of all bank charges.
 The name of both the ‘remitter’ and the person on whose behalf the remittance has been made must be furnished to the bank from where remittance is being made.

Other Payments
Registration fee can also be sent by Demand Draft in favor of Indian Institute of Management Raipur, India.

Indian Institute of Management Raipur India

Indian Institute of Management (IIM) has been set up by the Government of India, Ministry of Human Resource Development in 2010 at Raipur, the capital of Chhattisgarh. Chhattisgarh is one of the fastest growing states of India with its rich mineral, forest, natural and local resources.

The Institute believes in preparing ethical leaders who are not only committed to business, commerce and industry but are also socially conscious towards their contribution in nation building and bring in name for the country globally. The institute is abuzz with activities carried by the student clubs which are now expanding their scope of activity and bringing luminaries from the Corporate.

Presently IIM Raipur operates from the Government Engineering College Campus, Raipur. The Government of Chhattisgarh has allotted over 200 acres of land for the proposed IIM Raipur campus in Naya Raipur. The proposed campus will be a state-of-the-art campus presenting a blissful mix of modern architecture, culture & heritage of Chhattisgarh.

The Institute aims at bringing a global perspective to all its programs and activities in a fast changing global economic environment. The Institute also encourages an overseas exposure for its students with the belief that it will help them to assimilate best management practices and understand the importance of cross – culture issues in management.

Right from its inception the Institute focuses on contributing to the growth and development of the Nation, region and society at large. As such it gives importance to courses and managerial trainings that are molded in a way true to the culture and unique requirements of the state and organizations herein. Ethical practices in management, grooming socially responsible leaders for today and tomorrow are also the primary goals of the Institute.

It is keeping in mind these aims that IIM offers following programs.

i. Doctoral Programmes
 Fellow Programme in Management (FPM)
 Executive Fellow Programme in Management (EFPM)
ii. Post-Graduate Programmes
 Post-Graduate Programme in Management (PGP)
 Post-Graduate Programme in Management for Working Executives (PGPWE)
iii. Executive Education for Corporate, Public Sectors and Government
 Open Programmes
 In-company Programmes

The Logistics Institute-Asia Pacific, Singapore

The Logistics Institute - Asia Pacific is collaboration between the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) for research and education programs in global logistics. This collaboration provides joint logistics expertise which caters to the logistics needs of the industries across the world today focusing on global logistics, information technology, industrial engineering and supply chain management.
In particular, TLI - Asia Pacific has strong ties with the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Georgia Tech and also has a strong relationship with the Faculties of Engineering, Science, Computing and Business in NUS. This makes for a unique blend of disciplines necessary for the advancement of logistics practice.
The Mission is to be the premier Institute in Asia Pacific nurturing logistics excellence in research and education.
The institute supported by key agencies such as the Economic Development Board and AStaR, plays a vital role in helping the manufacturing industry and logistics service providers achieve their growth potential by providing training programs for upgrading human resources and helping with innovative logistics solutions using emerging technologies.

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