Influence Of Product and Business Environment Characteristics On Managing Supply Chain Vulnerability

Jelena Vlajic, Jack G.A.J. van der Vorst, Dragan Djurdjevic

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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
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 4th Logistics International Conference
EditorsMilorad Vidovic, Milorad Kilibarda, Slobodan Zecevic, Gordana Radivojevic, Momcilo Miljus
Place of PublicationBelgrade
PublisherUniversity of Belgrade, Faculty of Transport and Traffic Engineering
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)978–86–7395–402–8
Publication statusPublished - May 2019
EventLogistics International Conference - Faculty of Transport and Traffic Engineering, Belgrade, Serbia
Duration: 22 May 201925 May 2019
Conference number: 4


ConferenceLogistics International Conference
Abbreviated titleLOGIC


  • Contingency theory
  • Impact reduction
  • Prevention of disturbances
  • Complexity
  • Product complexity
  • Supply complexity
  • Redundancy
  • Flexibility
  • Assurance systems
  • Proactive control
  • Risk management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting (miscellaneous)


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