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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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Robust, Resilient and Secure

Supply chain security appears to be overlooked in supply chain risk management. However, supply chain security can add to the robustness and resileince of the overall supply chain, providing a “safety net” of services that protects and enhances the overall supply chain operation.

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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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Robust, Rapid, Resilient

The resilience of any system can be measured by two dimensions: robustness, the extent of system function that is maintained, and rapidity, the time required to return to full system operations and productivity. In essence, pre-disaster mitigation fosters robustness, and post-disaster adaptation fosters rapidity.

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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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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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Assess the vulnerability of your production system

The paper defines the concept of vulnerability as it applies to production systems and is built around three concepts: A taxonomy of vulnerability factors as a basis for or guideline in establishing scenarios.
An input/output model to describe production systems.
A two-step vulnerability analysis for productions systems.

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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
Infrastructure Vulnerability
This is a paper that has been collecting dust in my articles archive for quite a while, but it is in[...]
SME: A supply chain risk?
Does having Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) in your supply chain constitute an increased e[...]
Drivers of supply chain vulnerability
In 2005, the topic of supply chain vulnerability was still a relatively unexplored territory, though[...]
BOOKS and BOOK CHAPTERS
The Handbook of Business Continuity Management
As I said in my post yesterday, Supply Chain Risk Management (SCRM) has many similarities with Busin[...]
Supply Chain Logistics Risk in Germany
What are the most common supply chain and logistics risks that businesses and logistics providers ha[...]
Book Review: Humanitarian Logistics
Summer break is over and time for a continuation of my blog posts. Humanitarian Logistics by Ronaldo[...]
REPORTS and WHITEPAPERS
Creating the resilient supply chain
This blog is about supply chain risk, business continuity and transport vulnerability, and while I h[...]
ISO 28002 – Supply Chain Resilience
Have you heard of ISO 28002?  No? You should take note of this standard, because the ISO 28000 serie[...]
Global Risks 2009 - Countries at risk?
How will the current financial downturn affect supply chains? That's what we all wonder about, isn't[...]
from HERE and THERE
Food commodity supply chains at risk?
Have the prices gone up at your local supermarket recently? Maybe your favorite chocolate is suddenl[...]
Cutting back on road spending may not be wise
In an article today, the Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet revealed that Statens Vegvesen (or the Norweg[...]
Save costs and the environment
Hitting two birds with one stone? Can you shrink manufacturing costs while at the same time operate [...]