Title: Resilience challenges for textile enterprises in a transitional economy and regional trade perspective - a study of Kyrgyz conditions

Authors: Mansur Abylaev; Rudrajeet Pal; Håkan Torstensson

Addresses: The Swedish School of Textiles, University of Borås, Allégatan 1, 501 90 Borås, Sweden; The Parliament of the Kyrgyz Republic, Av. Chui, 205, 720000 Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan ' The Swedish School of Textiles, University of Borås, Allégatan 1, 501 90 Borås, Sweden ' The Swedish School of Textiles, University of Borås, Allégatan 1, 501 90 Borås, Sweden

Abstract: This paper aims to contribute to the resilience development of the textile sector in a transitional economy, based on a case study of the Kyrgyz Republic, where the transition to a free market system generated broken supply chains, low diversification, a high open economy level of the textile sector and dependence on international trade regulations. The approach used is based on theories of organisational resilience, literature studies and fieldwork. Scenarios are developed and analysed by event tree and SWOT analysis, to identify resilience properties of the textile sector. Findings focus on the implications of future membership or non-membership, respectively, in the Customs Union of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia, where both supportive and adverse effects have been identified. The results contribute to the knowledge of the transitional economy conditions and serve as a guideline for stakeholders about enhancing resilience, both at the industrial and organisational levels, of the Kyrgyz textile sector.

Keywords: organisational resilience; supply chain risk; regionalisation; Customs Union; Kyrgyzstan; textiles; textile industry; apparel industry; garment industry; clothing industry; supply chain resilience; transitional economies; regional trade; supply chain management; SCM.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSCOR.2014.065459

International Journal of Supply Chain and Operations Resilience, 2014 Vol.1 No.1, pp.54 - 75

Received: 24 Oct 2013
Accepted: 10 Apr 2014

Published online: 31 Oct 2014 *

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