Title: Supply chain crime - taxonomy development and empirical validation

Authors: Toni Männistö; Juha Hintsa; Luca Urciuoli

Addresses: École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Chair Management of Network Industries (MIR), Odyssea 215, Station 5, CH-1015 Lausanne, Switzerland; Cross-Border Research Association, c/o BMT, Route de la Chocolatière 26, CH-1026 Echandens, Switzerland ' Cross-Border Research Association, c/o BMT, Route de la Chocolatière 26, CH-1026 Echandens, Switzerland; Department of Operations, HEC University of Lausanne, Quartier UNIL-Dorigny, Bâtiment Internef, 1015 Lausanne, Switzerland ' Cross-Border Research Association, c/o BMT, Route de la Chocolatière 26, CH-1026 Echandens, Switzerland

Abstract: Supply chain security (SCS) management has been widely discussed among policy makers, supply chain practitioners and scientists since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. However, the extant academic literature offers only a cursory look on crime problems associated with commercial supply chains. In this study, we collect qualitative data from 18 senior level managers to elicit their perceptions on crime threats and problems associated with their respective supply chains. The outcome of this study is empirically developed and validated supply chain crime taxonomy that categories crime problems into six non-overlapping and collectively exhaustive classes by using criminal intervention as the basis for classification. The validation is carried out in a case study with a Swiss postal operator.

Keywords: supply chain security; SCS; security management; supply chain management; SCM; supply chain crime; supply chain risks; risk management; transport security; distribution security; terrorism; cargo crime; trafficking; taxonomy; Switzerland; postal operators.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSTL.2014.060784

International Journal of Shipping and Transport Logistics, 2014 Vol.6 No.3, pp.238 - 256

Available online: 28 Apr 2014 *

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