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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.

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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.

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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

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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?

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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).

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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.

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Risk and Supply Chain Management – A Research Agenda

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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ARTICLES and PAPERS
Security, visibility and resilience
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The numerous possibilities of disruptions and disturbances in the supply chain demand a supply chain[...]
Lean + Agile = LeAgile: a happy marriage?
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Opposites attract and in the supply chain world, "lean" and "agile" appear to be opposites. Both man[...]
Structural embeddedness and the extended supply chain
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The other day, while reviewing a chapter for inclusion (or not) in the upcoming book Managing Risk i[...]
BOOKS and BOOK CHAPTERS
Book Review: This is where raster GIS started...
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...well not really, but Geographic Information Systems and Cartographic Modeling by Dana Tomlin spar[...]
Book review: Cost-Benefit Analysis
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This book, Cost Benefit Analysis: Concepts and Practice (3rd Edition), by Anthony Boardman et al. is[...]
Book Review: Operations Rules
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Operations Rules by David Simchi-Levi comes with an ambiguous title. You can read this two ways: 1) [...]
REPORTS and WHITEPAPERS
Supply Chain Security
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Today's supply chains circle the globe and form the backbone of world trade and a are major factor i[...]
Vulnerable or valuable supply chain?
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More than a year old now, but still holding not so few words of wisdom is the Pricewaterhouse Cooper[...]
Supply chain vulnerability: an invisible global risk?
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Supply chain disruption - a global issue? All companies and governments dependent on external suppli[...]
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Remote Logistics
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Yesterday I was talking about emergency logistics, today it is remote logistics. The other day I ca[...]
7 out of 10 businesses without a continuity plan
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An article today in the paper issue of Dagens Næringsliv, the Norwegian equivalent of the Financial [...]
Christchurch earthquake...again!?!
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Oh dear...another earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand, less than 6 months after the previous dis[...]