Title: Conceptualising risk distribution for supply chain sustainability

Authors: Montira Yingvilasprasert; Ruth Banomyong; Jyri Vilko

Addresses: Faculty of Commerce and Accountancy, Thammasat University, 2, Pra Chan Rd., Bangkok 10200, Thailand. ' Faculty of Commerce and Accountancy, Thammasat University, 2, Pra Chan Rd., Bangkok 10200, Thailand. ' School of Business, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Lappeenranta, 53851, Finland

Abstract: Over the past decade, the concepts of supply chain risk and supply chain risk management (SCRM) have grown in importance. These concepts have become prerequisite to the development of sustainable supply chain. Managing risks effectively in today's complicated and long supply networks requires well focused efforts as disruption in the supply chain needs to be avoided or at least mitigated. Risk distribution is a risk management strategy which has been used to manage risks in other fields such as finance and law. However, a review of the supply chain literature observed that there is a lack of references related to risk distribution strategy in supply chains. This paper therefore tries to address this significant gap by defining the risk distribution concept, and by positioning risk distribution as part of supply chain strategy. A description of the risk distribution concept in other academic fields as well as an understanding of its characteristics derived from the literature is presented. These characteristics form the main elements of risk distribution that can be applied to supply chain management and enable the supply chain to become more sustainable.

Keywords: supply chain risk; risk distribution; risk management strategy; supply chain management; SCM; SCRM; literature review; supply chain sustainability; sustainable development.

DOI: 10.1504/IJASM.2012.045897

International Journal of Agile Systems and Management, 2012 Vol.5 No.1, pp.82 - 102

Received: 01 Mar 2011
Accepted: 05 Dec 2011

Published online: 31 Jul 2014 *

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