African Journal of
Business Management

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Bus. Manage.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1993-8233
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJBM
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 4167

Full Length Research Paper

Emergency supply chain management: Case study of Taiwan

Shuo-Yan Chou and Dayjian Chen*
Department of industrial management, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology,No. 43, Keelung Rd, Sec. 4, Taipei, Taiwan.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 17 May 2012
  •  Published: 29 August 2012


Disasters did not happen often, but when they occurred, noticeably, the governor belittled and delayed rescue actions due to poor preparations at peacetime; consequently, all residents suffered huge damages and losses in human lives. The disasters always include tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, hurricanes, terrorism, tornadoes, and earthquakes etc. When the disasters occurred, in order to rescue injured patients on time, supplies must be available at the right time to meet the emergency demands. This is especially true with regard to the difficult and serious process of disaster aftermath recovery management. Consequently, this study is of current importance. To reduce the dangerous impacts and losses from disasters, aftermath rescue recovery problems and effective disaster supply management are vital. The findings of this study are that disaster demand and supply management focuses on three main requirements: (1) Low cost, (2) high-performance and effective-operations, and (3) few risks. The study employed a heuristic algorithm and used computational analysis to demonstrate the power of the algorithm. The results showed that transportation management played the most important role in a successful rescue.


Key words: Emergency demand and supply management, tsunamis, earthquake, epidemic infection, rescue manager.