Framework for designing robust supply chains

J V Vlajic, JGA J Van Der Vorst, R 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 a framework to support the analysis and design of robust supply chains. In this paper we present such a framework. We define the concept of robustness, classify sources of (food) supply chain vulnerability, define supply chain disturbances, and classify adequate redesign strategies to achieve robust supply chain performances. We conclude with preliminary findings of a case study in the meat supply chain.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDevelopments in Logistics and Supply Chain Management: past, present and future
EditorsKulwant S. Pawar, Helen Rogers, Andrew Potter, Mohamed Naim
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-137-54125-3
ISBN (Print)978-1-137-54123-9
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Bibliographical note

About this book
Containing the most influential papers from the International Symposium on Logistics, Developments in Logistics and Supply Chain Management demonstrates the evolution in logistics and supply chain management since the 1990s.


  • Supply chain vulnerability
  • Redesign strategies
  • Supply chain disruptions
  • Supply chain performances
  • Supply chain scenario
  • Supply chain robustness
  • Vulnerability sources
  • Disruption prevention
  • Impact reduction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous)


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