1398 Specialization in Business Administration, SNS Course IV - Humanitarian Logistics
Mag. Stefan Lampl, Univ.Prof. Tina Wakolbinger, Ph.D.
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09/17/20 to 10/01/20
Registration via LPIS
Notes to the course
Subject(s) Bachelor Programs
Day Date Time Room
Friday 10/09/20 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM TC.3.21
Friday 10/16/20 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM TC.5.27
Friday 10/23/20 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM TC.5.27
Friday 10/30/20 10:00 AM - 03:30 PM TC.4.27
Friday 11/06/20 09:30 AM - 02:00 PM Online-Einheit
Friday 11/20/20 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM Online-Einheit
Friday 12/04/20 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM Online-Einheit

Procedure for the course when limited activity on campus

For the class the chosen alternative scenario is a hybrid mode: a mixture of remote online sessions  and classroom teaching. Only if absolutely necessary this class would switch to full distance learning.

A change of the classes mode might also influence the required assignments (e.g. number of assignments, scope, evaluation, ...) and/or the format of the final exam.

Even in the remote format the sessions will take place within the announced time slots. 





Course IV „Humanitarian Logistics“ investigates the special requirements of logistics in disasters like earthquakes. Additionally, appropriate methods for decision support are presented and discussed. Cooperation and coordination form a core concern for decision makers in disaster management. Therefore, the EU decision process for implementing humanitarian missions will be described and the role of the logistics cluster will be analyzed.

Lecture 1:
Introduction to humanitarian logistics

Lecture 2:
Phases of humanitarian logistics

Lecture 3:

Information management

Knowledge management

Lecture 4:

Comparison between military logistics and humanitarian logistics
Decision process of the European Union for the start of a humanitarian mission
Introduction to the planning method for the setup of a humanitarian supply chain

Lecture 5:
Introduction of the Logistics Cluster for the coordination of humanitarian logistics activities
In-class game based on a current situation and use of the instruments of the information portal of the logistics cluster

Lecture 6:
Student presentations




Learning outcomes

After successfully completing this course, students should be able to

understand the characteristics and special demands of disaster relief logistics

know the main stakeholders and their role in disaster relief 

critically assess the applicability of logistics concepts from the for-profit sector

know the importance of information management and ways to facilitate its implementation 

Attendance requirements

In order to pass the class, 80 % attendance is required.

Attendance is mandatory during the in-class case study.

Teaching/learning method(s)


Participation in Competition

Case Studies





Case Study Presentations and Summary: 40 % 

In-Class Case Study 10 %

Exam 50 %


In order to pass the class, you need attend at least 80 % of all classes. If you fulfill this criterion, the following grading scale will be applied:

  • Excellent (1): 87.5% - 100.0%
  • Good (2): 75.0% - <87.5%
  • Satisfactory (3): 62.5% - <75.0%
  • Sufficient (4): 50.0% - <62.5%
  • Fail (5): <50.0%


1 Author: Tomasini and van Wassenhove
Title: Humanitarian Logistics

Year: 2009
Content relevant for class examination: Yes
2 Author: Martin Christopher and Peter Tatham
Title: Humanitarian Logistics

Edition: 2nd Edition
Year: 2014
Content relevant for class examination: Yes
Last edited: 2020-11-19