Title: An innovative agile and resilient index for the automotive supply chain

Authors: Helena Carvalho; Susana G. Azevedo; V. Cruz-Machado

Addresses: UNIDEMI, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia da Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Campus Universitário, 2829-516 Caparica, Portugal ' UNIDEMI, Department of Business and Economics, University of Beira Interior, Pólo IV – Edifício Ernesto Cruz, 6200-209 Covilhã, Portugal ' UNIDEMI, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia da Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Campus Universitário 2829-516 Caparica, Portugal

Abstract: This paper proposes a composite index, called the 'AR index', to assess the agility and resilience of automotive companies and their respective supply chains. As a first step, a model to support the AR index is developed. Next, an AR index for the automotive supply chain is suggested using a set of relevant agile and resilient supply chain practices. The Delphi technique was used to obtain a series of weights for those practices. Finally, a case study approach is used to illustrate the application of the AR index. This study represents an original approach that suggests a unique composite indicator for the agile and resilient paradigms in the context of automotive supply chains.

Keywords: agile and resilience index; automotive supply chains; supply chain management; SCM; automobile industry; supply chain agility; supply chain resilience; agile supply chains; resilient supply chains; Delphi method; composite indicators.

DOI: 10.1504/IJASM.2013.054969

International Journal of Agile Systems and Management, 2013 Vol.6 No.3, pp.259 - 283

Received: 03 Aug 2011
Accepted: 16 Mar 2012

Published online: 24 Jun 2013 *

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