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Humanitarian and Socially Responsible Operations

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The OM faculty has extended their research to operational issues in humanitarian and socially responsible practices. Their research aims to improve the efficiency of humanitarian activities and reduce the social impact resulted from business operations. Examples of faculty research on socially responsible operations include environmental management in a supply chain, evaluation methodologies of environmental efficiency, and strategies of environmental technologies and carbon-related regulations. For Humanitarian operations, the research interests include disaster fundraising, analysis of HADR (Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief) landscape, knowledge management for continuity of disaster relief practices, blood donation management during disaster response, addressing the second-tier disaster of material convergence, the last-mile problem in disaster energy restoration, disaster recovery fund allocation, and socially responsible sourcing in the supply chain.

One of our major projects is on understanding motorists and public transport user behaviour. The vision for a car-lite Singapore was announced by the Prime Minister in 2014. As a signatory to the Paris Climate agreement, Singapore needs to explore all avenues to reduce its carbon footprint. This research project’s main objective is to develop and test behavioural interventions that encourage people to use public transportation instead of driving cars. By developing specific policy recommendations to help Singapore achieve the car-lite vision, this project will contribute to the broad goals and the overall outcomes of the vision for car-lite Singapore.​​

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