Supply chains (SCs) are subject to disturbances that frequently implies a loss of their performance. Avoiding such disturbances or reducing their negative effects, i.e. developing resilience, is a challenge for SC managers. SC resilience can be achieved by implementing mitigation strategies, mostly based on redundancy and/or flexibility. However, to improve something it is necessary to measure it. To support the SC resilience decision making process a simulation model was developed to create different scenarios. A case study approach was used to evaluate the resilience of a SC comprising a sub-set of companies belonging to the Portuguese automotive industry. In the case study, the SC is subjected to a transportation disturbance and two scenarios are considered: in the first one a mitigation strategy based on flexibility was implemented and in the second scenario no resilience strategy was considered. In each scenario the SC behaviour was assessed using a model based on the "resilience triangle". The fulfilment rate measure was used to quantify the resilience of each company and respective SC. Finally, a comparative analysis is done regarding the SC resilience of each scenario.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication13th International Industrial Simulation Conference 2015, ISC 2015
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)978-907738189-2
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event13th Annual International Industrial Simulation Conference 2015, ISC 2015 - Valencia, Spain
Duration: 1 Jun 20153 Jun 2015


Conference13th Annual International Industrial Simulation Conference 2015, ISC 2015


  • Flexibility
  • Mitigation Strategies
  • Resilience
  • Simulation
  • Supply Chain

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