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Identifying Common Elements within Supply Chain Resilience and Sustainability - an Exploratory Study based on Bibliographic Analysis
Warmbier, Piotr; Kinra, Aseem
Professorship for Global Supply Chain Management, University of Bremen, Germany
Over the last couple of years, there has been an increase in reciprocal discussion within the fields of supply chain resilience (SCRES) and sustainability (SSCM). Although some thematic overlap has been noted, SCRES and SSCM are generally still considered to be two separate domains. However current global SC events and legislative initiatives demonstrate why it is important to view SCRES and SSCM in combination to solve the problem of long-term supply chain risks and disruptions. The purpose of this paper is to explore whether SCRES and SSCM can be integrated, which overlapping elements need to be considered and which main congruent capabilities exist. The exploratory study applies a citation network and main path analysis based on a dataset of two previously conducted systematic literature reviews. The literature review revealed great potential for combining the two research domains based on four identified connecting elements – supply chain capabilities, practices, risks and performance. We also identified great potential for the application of two main congruent capabilities – transparency and big data analytics.The four elements identified provide us with a useful basis for creating a theoretical framework for integrating SSCM and SCRES. We also highlight the importance of the congruent capabilities that are required to overcome paradoxical tensions between resilience and sustainability.
The Impact of Blockchain on Supply Chain Resilience
FOM University, Germany
This paper introduces the results of the study of the impact of blockchain technology on supply chain resilience.
The study has been conducted using empirical research methodology. The qualitative research method of expert interviews has been applied to collect the data,
and the text analysis method - for the data evaluation. Following capabilities of
resilient supply chains have been studied: supply chain engineering, collaboration, agility, risk management culture and knowledge management. The experts
in blockchain technology from the fields of logistics, production and consumer
industry have been interviewed.
The main finding of this study is the positive impact of blockchain technology
on agility and collaboration in the supply chain.
The implication for the supply chain management theory and practice is the understanding of blockchain technology contribution to enhance the resilience of
supply chain and of the related challenges.
Towards Supply Chain Resilience in Mining Industry: A Literature Analysis.
1Universität Bremen, Bremen, Germany.; 2BIBA-Bremer Institut für Produktion und Logistik GmbH, Bremen, Germany; 3Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, Arturo Prat University, Iquique, Chile.
The production of raw materials has become a backbone of the manufacturing industries and will play a relevant role in the transition process to global sustainability by 2050. Due to its nature, the mining industry (MI) is highly prone to disruptions, by triggering a shortage of mineral raw materials or commodities in the downstream segment of many supply chains (SC). Late-ly, this latent vulnerability of the early phases of today’s SC has drawn attention to better understand Supply Chain resilience (SCRes) in mining. However, there is no common understanding on the concept of SCRes in the mining industry context in literature. This paper aims to contribute to a conceptualization of SCRes in the mining industry by defining and operationalizing main resilience principles and elements from the mineral SC topics and by taking into account the industrial nature of the MI. The baseline of this paper is a literature review based on 27 relevant articles systematically selected from peer-reviewed papers from Scopus and Web of Sciences.