The links between supply chain disturbances and resilience strategies

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The purpose of this paper is to establish links between supply chain disturbances and corresponding strategies of resilience to counter them. To this end, an inductive research approach is used, examining a sample of 38 cases. Secondary data from the cases is used to identify disturbances which affected the corresponding supply chains and the resilience strategies used by managers. The empirical evidences shows that the negative effects of supply chain disturbances can be categorised into a number of supply chain failure modes. In addition, a set of resilience strategies was identified that could be used to overcome those failure modes. A conceptual model, with links between supply chain disturbances, failures and resilience strategies, is proposed. The limitations of this research result from the use of secondary data sources. The findings are only valid for the selected case studies and, consequently, may not be applicable in other scenarios. Future research should focus on detailed case studies that investigate cross-functional applications across the organisation and the supply chain.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)203-234
Number of pages32
JournalInternational Journal of Agile Systems and Management
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012


  • Resilience strategies
  • Secondary data
  • Supply chain
  • Supply chain disturbances

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