A framework for designing robust food supply chains

Jelena V. Vlajic, Jack G.A.J. van der Vorst, Rene Haijema

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After years of emphasis on leanness and responsiveness businesses are now experiencing their vulnerability to supply chain disturbances. Although more literature is appearing on this subject, there is a need for an integrated framework to support the analysis and design of robust food supply chains. In this chapter we present such a framework. We define the concept of robustness and classify supply chain disturbances, sources of food supply chain vulnerability, and adequate redesign principles and strategies to achieve robust supply chain performances. To test and illustrate its applicability, the research framework is applied to a meat supply chain.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)176-189
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Production Economics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - May 2012


  • Disturbances;
  • Vulnerability sources;
  • Preventive redesign strategies;
  • Reductive redesign strategies;
  • Supply chain performances;
  • Supply chain vulnerability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • General Business,Management and Accounting
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Economics and Econometrics


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  • Framework for designing robust supply chains

    Vlajic, J. V., Van Der Vorst, JGA. J. & Haijema, R., 2016, Developments in Logistics and Supply Chain Management: past, present and future. Pawar, K. S., Rogers, H., Potter, A. & Naim, M. (eds.). 1 ed. Palgrave Macmillan, p. 13-26 13 p.

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