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The College of Humanitarian Operations and Crisis Management (HO & CM) is a set of members from the POMS community that seeks to create a focus group of researchers and practitioners to study how to manage operational systems under stress or severe resource constraints. A prime objective is to foster a creative environment among academics and practitioners to recognize how operations management plays a crucial role in dealing with the alleviation of human suffering under conditions triggered by cataclysmic acts of man and nature. Another major objective is to determine how operations management can provide early warning of impending events as well as reducing the severity of disasters and ensure sustainable transition of disaster relief efforts into longer term development. The HO & CM College plans to accomplish its objectives through avenues of academic as well as practice-oriented research. We intend to develop new pedagogical materials for teaching in this burgeoning field of Humanitarian Operations and Crisis Management.

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