Bespoke Supply Chain Resilience

39 Pages Posted: 8 Jul 2021

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Morris A. Cohen

University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School

Shiliang Cui

Georgetown University - McDonough School of Business

Sebastian Doetsch

WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management

Ricardo Ernst

Georgetown University - Robert Emmett McDonough School of Business

Arnd Huchzermeier

WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management

Panos Kouvelis

Washington University in St. Louis

Hau L. Lee

Stanford Graduate School of Business

Hirofumi Matsuo

Kobe University

Andy Tsay

Santa Clara University - Leavey School of Business

Date Written: June 28, 2021

Abstract

Recent research has documented that companies are pursuing a variety of strategies to enhance supply chain resilience. This paper considers how company characteristics can lead them to choose different strategy options.

We adopt a grounded theory approach based on interviews of senior supply chain executives that revealed two major influencers of resilience strategy: Homogeneity of internal supply chain processes and Integration with other actors in their supply chains. Specifically, we define a “Triple-P” framework that segments possible resilience strategies into supply chain archetypes by examining product, partnership, and process complexity, and also identifies the obstacles peculiar to each segment. Our research is distinctive in performing this analysis at the level of specific product groups/business units to reflect the reality that most companies utilize a multitude of supply chains.

Executives can use our framework and the supply chain archetypes to quickly assess and classify the supply chains within their organization. This will enable them to better evaluate the available resilience options and the necessary change management strategies. For academics, the application of a grounded theory framework adds conceptual clarity regarding the underlying factors that influence resilience strategy decisions. The granular level of analysis provides a differentiated view of resilience.

Keywords: Supply chain resilience, supply chain segmentation, supply chain integration, supply chain archetypes, grounded theory

JEL Classification: L10

Suggested Citation

Cohen, Morris A. and Cui, Shiliang and Doetsch, Sebastian and Ernst, Ricardo and Huchzermeier, Arnd and Kouvelis, Panos and Lee, Hau L. and Matsuo, Hirofumi and Tsay, Andy, Bespoke Supply Chain Resilience (June 28, 2021). Stanford University Graduate School of Business Research Paper, Georgetown McDonough School of Business Research Paper No. 3873941, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3873941 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3873941

Morris A. Cohen (Contact Author)

University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School ( email )

Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States

Shiliang Cui

Georgetown University - McDonough School of Business ( email )

Washington, DC 20057
United States

Sebastian Doetsch

WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management ( email )

Burgplatz 2
Vallendar, 56179
Germany

Ricardo Ernst

Georgetown University - Robert Emmett McDonough School of Business ( email )

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Washington, DC 20057
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Arnd Huchzermeier

WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management ( email )

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Germany
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Panos Kouvelis

Washington University in St. Louis ( email )

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St. Louis, MO 63130-4899
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.panoskouvelis.info

Hau L. Lee

Stanford Graduate School of Business ( email )

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Stanford, CA 94305-5015
United States

Hirofumi Matsuo

Kobe University ( email )

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Kobe, 657-8501, 657-8501
Japan

Andy Tsay

Santa Clara University - Leavey School of Business ( email )

500 El Camino Real
Dept of Info Systems & Analytics (ISA)
Santa Clara, CA California 95053
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.scu.edu/business/isa/faculty/tsay/

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