Influence of Product and Business Environment Characteristics on Managing Supply Chain Vulnerability – A Conceptual Foundation

Jelena V. Vlajic, Jack van der Vorst, Dragan Djurdjevic

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Abstract

Increased changes of trading rules in a global economy, more frequent adverse weather events due to climate change, and other unexpected events add more uncertainty to the ever-present logistics challenges for companies to manage their supply chains. Thus, there is increased theoretical and practical interest to prevent disturbances of logistics operations, as well as to manage disturbances when they occur and avoid supply chain vulnerability. Decreased vulnerability of supply chains is desired as it leads to robust and resilient supply chains. The objective of this paper is to understand how contextual factors, i.e., product and business environment related factors affect relationship between redesign strategies and vulnerabilities in the supply chain. We consider typical redesign strategies, such as the adoption of assurance systems, the use of proactive control, use of redundancy, or enhancing flexibility in supply chains. Seen from the lens of contingency theory, the findings from our literature review suggest that contextual factors affect the link between redesign strategies and vulnerabilities in the supply chain, but further research is needed to examine how each of the contextual factors affect selection and implementation of each redesign strategies used to manage supply chain vulnerabilities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)310-319
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal for Traffic and Transport Engineering
Volume9
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10 Oct 2019

Keywords

  • Contingency theory,
  • Impact reduction
  • Prevention of disturbances,
  • Assurance systems
  • Proactive control and monitoring
  • Redundancy
  • Flexibility
  • Product durability
  • Product assortment
  • Product customization
  • Product complexity
  • Supply complexity
  • Market capacity risk
  • Geographical dispersion
  • Supply uncertainty
  • Regulations
  • Developing countries

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous)

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