Title: Risk assessment and relationship management: practical approach to supply chain risk management

Authors: Bob Ritchie, Clare S. Brindley, Nick Armstrong

Addresses: Lancashire Business School, University of Central Lancashire, Preston PR1 2HE, England, UK. ' Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham NG1 4BU, UK. ' University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK

Abstract: The literature suggests the need for incorporating the risk construct into the measurement of organisational performance, although few examples are available as to how this might be undertaken in relation to supply chains. A conceptual framework for the development of performance and risk management within the supply chain is evolved from the literature and empirical evidence. The twin levels of dyadic performance/risk management and the management of a portfolio of performance/risks is addressed, employing Agency Theory to guide the analysis. The empirical evidence relates to the downstream management of dealerships by a large multinational organisation. Propositions are derived from the analysis relating to the issues and mechanisms that may be employed to effectively manage a portfolio of supply chain performance and risks.

Keywords: supply chain risk; relationship management; agency theory; risk management; organisational performance; portfolio; risk assessment; supply chain management; SCM; dealership management; multinational corporations; MNCs; supply chain performance.

DOI: 10.1504/IJASM.2008.021211

International Journal of Agile Systems and Management, 2008 Vol.3 No.3/4, pp.228 - 247

Published online: 11 Nov 2008 *

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