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Taleb, Hamel, Holling…and I

I really should no longer be so surprised that my idea of how to differ robustness from flexibility from agility from resilience resonates with quite a number of people, including Si Alhir.

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Am I making an impact?

Robustness. Flexibility. Agility. Resilience. One of my concepts that I have found cited more recently is what started out 11 years ago, and what later became in my mind the perfect illustration of these four terms.

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Book Review: Operations Rules

This book is about the principles, frameworks and processes that enable the aligning of a company’s specific customer value proposition with its operations strategy.The book is built around 33 rules that cover all possible aspects of supply chain operations and management, and that are placed throughout the eleven chapters of the book.

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Adaptation versus Transformation

Resilience. A key ingredient in supply chain risk management. Also a key ingredient in logistics risk management. Cognitive resilience, behavioral resilience and contextual resilience must all come together for a resilient enterprise to emerge.

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Contingent flexibility

Can contingency planning increase flexibility and minimize risk exposure to supply chain disruptions?

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Supply Chain Flexibility in Strategic Networks

What fascinates me with this paper are (1) the parameters defining supply chain flexibility: Transparency, Simplicity, Responsiveness/Agility and Security/Reliability, and (2) flexibility potentials: Structural, Technological and Human flexibility potentials.

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A conceptual model of Supply Chain Flexibility

What do you do when you find two research papers by the same three authors, published the same year, in two different journals, with almost the same title?

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Sheffi’s Resilient Enterprise and supply chain risk

Building a resilient enterprise is an enterprise-wide undertaking that is about so much more than simply preparing a company for disruptions.

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Risks in virtual enterprise networks and supply chains

Conceptual in its approach and drawing from other areas of research, this paper introduces four distinct groups of VENS, namely Constrained, Directed, Limited and Free VEN, and concludes that VEN risk management can and should learn from supply chain risk management.

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Supply chain flexibility – a complete literature review?

Someone had to come up with this, it was just a matter of time, and it is no suprise that this article comes from India, one of the major providers of global outsourcing for many industries.

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Robustness, resilience, flexibility and agility

These concepts are often confused, and thus, warrant further explanation. They are distinctively different.

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Agile Business Continuity

The other day I came across a new term: Agile Business Continuity, on the blog of Paul James, agilecontinuity.org. It is a blog that is well worth reading and I think that the word agile really captures the essence of what business continuity management (BCM) is about in the first place.

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Robustness, flexibility and resilience

In a previous post I discussed the issue of Flexibility and robustness to reduce risk and uncertainty. Since then a new term has emerged: resilience, and today I will take a look at that.

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Flexibility and robustness as options to reduce risk and uncertainty

This paper will first present the main risks that are facing any company. Then, the available options to reduce these risks will be considered. Finally, in relation to these risks, flexibility and robustness will be introduced as a tool to handle uncertainties (risks).

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ARTICLES and PAPERS
Supply Chain Risk and Vulnerability in Indonesia
Indonesia. 17000 islands spread over a distance of 6000 kilometres. Mega-cities and remote desolate [...]
Outsourcing – risking it all?
"The world is at risk and the supply chain is not exempt." Are you scared? "Supply risk used to be d[...]
Critical: Beer Distribution
I'm not in the habit of making Friday a day for funny blog posts, but today's article highlights a v[...]
BOOKS and BOOK CHAPTERS
Book Review: Customs Risk
International trade and global supply chains are filled with goods that are criss-crossing the globe[...]
Risk Management in Global Supply Chain Networks
Supply Chain Risks can be classified as either one of these three, Deviation, Disruption or Disaster[...]
The Resilient Organization
What does it mean to be a resilient organization? That is the topic of  The Resilient Organization, [...]
REPORTS and WHITEPAPERS
Zycus and the Supply Risk Explosion
"Ten or fifteen years ago, you could not convince most procurement and supply-chain professionals to[...]
28 Global Risks in 2015
The  World Economic Forum Global Risks Reports. I first came across them in 2008, when the hyperopti[...]
Stemming the rising tide
Are you are taking radically different actions than your peers when it comes to supply chain risk ma[...]
from HERE and THERE
How to disrupt a supply chain
This is a brief description of a model I developed for supply chain risk and vulnerability, with ris[...]
Why risk is the buzzword in supply chain management
A new field has emerged with the field of supply chain mangement. It's called supply chain risk. Wha[...]
Supply Chain Risk - Business Continuity Management
Supply Chain Risk Management (SCRM) has many similarities with Business Continuity Management (BCM).[...]