Blog Archives

Building the resilient supply chain

Frankly, if you are investigating how to make supply chains more resilient, and if you forget to mention this article in your literature review, then I would say that, obviously, you have absolutely no clue about supply chains or resilience.

Posted in ARTICLES and PAPERS
Tags: , , ,

Supply Chain Turbulence

The norm in supply chain management is that variability is detrimental to performance as it causes cost in the form of stock-outs, poor capacity utilisation, and costly buffers. This paper questions this approach and argues that in the light of increasing turbulence a different approach to supply chain management is needed.

Posted in ARTICLES and PAPERS
Tags: , , , ,

Supply Chain Confidence

Traditionally, papers on supply chain risk use the “classic” supply-demand-internal-external scheme for classifying supply supply chain risk sources. Christopher and Lee do not. They see risk as primarily related to uncertainty, volatility and turbulence

Posted in ARTICLES and PAPERS
Tags: , , , , ,

Does product design impact supply chain risk?

What is in the supply chain is determined by a design process, and consequently, is it possible to design supply chain risk out of (or in to) the supply chain?

Posted in ARTICLES and PAPERS
Tags: , , , , ,

Risk Management: Contingent versus Mitigative

Risk management needs to address both sides of the risk: what lies behind the risk (source) and what lies in front of it (consequences).

Posted in ARTICLES and PAPERS
Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Lean + Agile = LeAgile: a happy marriage?

Opposites attract and in the supply chain world, “lean” and “agile” appear to be opposites. Both management strategies have their advantages and disadvantages.

Posted in ARTICLES and PAPERS
Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Risk and Supply Chain Management – A Research Agenda

Albeit exploratory and conceptual in its approach, the article provides valuable insights into the current literature.

Posted in ARTICLES and PAPERS
Tags: , , , , ,

Supply Chain Risk – the forgotten discipline

Christopher advocates establishing a supply chain risk profile, with the purpose to establish where the greatest vulnerabilities lie and where the “greatest” risks are, based on the view that risk is the product of probability and impact.

Posted in BOOKS and BOOK CHAPTERS
Tags: ,

A Future Research Agenda for Supply Chain Risk

When Manuj and Mentzer (2008) wrote their article titled Global Supply Chain Risk Management, they used Ghoshal (1987) Global Strategy: An Organizing Framework for developing sources of risk and Jüttner, Peck and Christopher (2003) Supply Chain Risk Management: Outlining an Agenda for Future Research for developing risk mitigation strategies.

Posted in ARTICLES and PAPERS
Tags: , , , ,

Why risk is the buzzword in supply chain management

What is supply chain risk? Today I will take a closer look at the chapter titled “Managing risk in the supply chain” in Logistics & Supply Chain Management by Christopher Martin.

Posted in THIS and THAT
Tags: , , ,

Book Review: Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Responsiveness, reliability and relationships are the basis for successful logistics and supply chain management. Strategies like Just-In-Time (JIT), Lean and Agile thinking are reviewed, and last not least, there is a chapter on supply chain risk.

Posted in BOOKS and BOOK CHAPTERS
Tags: , , ,

Supply chains compete, not companies

Martin Christopher’s particular research interests lie at the interface between marketing and logistics reflecting his belief that these two critical activities underpin superior supply chain performance.

Posted in THIS and THAT
Tags: , ,

Is Your Supply Chain Vulnerable?

Supply chain vulnerability is an important business issue, but little research has been undertaken into supply chain vulnerabilities. Recently I came across a report on Supply Chain Vulnerability published as early as 2002 by the Cranfield University.

Posted in THIS and THAT
Tags: , , , , , ,
ARTICLES and PAPERS
Call for papers: Supply Chain Risk in China
supply-chain-risk-china
Supply chain and operations management are increasingly global, and China has become the world's man[...]
Community resilience in times of disaster
stewart-kolluru-smith-community-resilience-thumb
Can public-private partnerships improve community resilience? This question is posed in Leveraging p[...]
Infrastructure Vulnerability
infrastructure-risk-analysis-model-ezell-farr-wiese-thumb
This is a paper that has been collecting dust in my articles archive for quite a while, but it is in[...]
BOOKS and BOOK CHAPTERS
Supply Chain Logistics Risk in Germany
pfohl-gallus-kohler-risikomanagement
What are the most common supply chain and logistics risks that businesses and logistics providers ha[...]
Book Review - Fraud Risk
fraud-risk-gower
Last year I was approached by Gower Publishing and invited to review their Short Guides to Business [...]
Risk in Virtual Enterprise Networks
igi-global
Done...I finally made it! Today I submitted my full chapter for the book on Managing Risk in Virtual[...]
REPORTS and WHITEPAPERS
Will Climate Change have an impact on transportation?
climate-change-transportation
Many studies have already examined the potential impacts of climate change on broad sectors of the e[...]
Highway Vulnerability and Criticality Assessment
vulnerability-criticality
Transportation vulnerability and resilience have been the focus of this blog for the past two days, [...]
Supply Chain and Transport Risk
wef-supply-chain-transport-risk
In our interconnected world, safety, reliability and efficiency can only be secured through collabor[...]
from HERE and THERE
Operational Excellence - or not
top-5-op-ex
Operational Excellence or OpEx for short, what does that imply and why should you care about it? Wel[...]
Will your business byte the dust?
data-backup
To backup or not to backup? Honestly, you shouldn't even be asking yourself this question. Can you a[...]
Piracy at sea - is your supply chain at risk?
maritime-security
You may not consider it the foremost supply chain risk, but piracy can endanger civilians, can disru[...]