Towards Resilient Supply Chain Structures
Sahlmüller Till, Hellingrath Bernd
Disruptions pose a significant threat to supply chains, as their impact may have devastating consequences. As a result, the research in supply chain resilience has increased immensely over the last years. This growing research's particular focus is the kind of disruptions supply chains have to face and consequently what capabilities supply chains should inherit to be more resilient. This article focuses on the supply chain structure and investigates how resilience depends on it. Thus, a LR was conducted to identify the vulnerabilities the supply chain structure is exposed to and the strategies that exist to counteract these vulnerabilities and increase supply chain resilience. Findings show that vulnerabilities are manifold and that there is no strategy that in itself leads to supply chain resilience. It is especially crucial first to examine the supply chain structure, identify the specific vulnerabilities to the supply chain and subsequently choose an appropriate strategy.
Supply Chain Resilience; Structure; Vulnerability