Nonprofit Organizations Shaping the Market of Supplies

Ala Pazirandeh, Heidi Herlin

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In the humanitarian aid context, the availability of essential
commodities in the right quantities and at the right time
and place is crucial for the survival of beneficiaries. In order
to avoid the risks associated with a limited supplier base,
non-profit organizations are increasingly becoming aware
of the need to diversify their supply base and to include the
for profit, or corporate sector. Simultaneously, corporations
are realizing the benefits of working with non-profits as
their customers and shareholders expect them to act like
responsible ‘citizens’.
Non-profit buyers have traditionally been considered
the weaker player in this relationship. However, several
initiatives undertaken by them in influencing their supply
market suggests a stronger influence of non-profits on the
global supply chain than previously perceived. This article is
going to look specifically at the influence of non-profits on
the market for vaccines.

Bibliographical note

an earlier version of the article was published in the International Journal of Production Economics, In press, Herlin, H. Pazirandeh, A.
Nonprofit organizations shaping the market of supplies, Copyright Elsevier (2011).

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Transport Systems and Logistics


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