International Journal of Supply Chain and Operations Resilience (7 papers in press)
An integrated approach for analysis of essential factors of a resilient supply chain
by Ajeet Kumar Yadav, Cherian Samuel
Abstract: Resilience is the ability of the system that helps to sustain and evolve in the uncertainty by absorbing the vulnerabilities and potential disruptions. The building of the resilient supply chain is a long term continuous process that involves the identification and implementation of factors responsible for nurturing the resilience ability. This research work attempts to identify the essential factors of the resilient supply chain and analyzing these factors through a structural modeling approach. The prominence-causal diagram and MICMAC (Matrice dImpacts croises-multiplication applique and classment) analysis reveals that factors belong to two broad categories, i.e., influential (driving) and influenced (driven) groups, whereas from the hierarchical structure we obtained that developing the risk management culture in the supply chain is the most important factor for a resilient supply chain. Thus, this research work will not only help the academicians and decision-makers to understand significant factors of a resilient supply chain but also help the managers to allocate the available resources suitably to improve specific resilience dimensions or capability. Moreover, considering this study, a reliable checklist can be developed for reviewing the organizations approaches and performances towards the building of a resilient supply chain.
Keywords: Uncertainty reduction; Resilience factor; Supply chain resilience; Structural modeling.
Exploitation factors affecting an ambidextrous supply chain
by Mohd. Mehdi, Salma Ahmed, S.M. Fatah Uddin
Abstract: The purpose of the study is to identify the exploitation factors that affect an ambidextrous supply chain. A total of 85 supply chain managers from Indian supply chains were surveyed. Data was collected through a structured questionnaire that consisted of scales to measure the different exploitation factors/constructs affecting an ambidextrous supply chain using a five-point Likert scale. Exploratory factor analysis (EFA) revealed the existence of three underlying independent constructs of exploitation and one dependent construct of ambidextrous supply chain. Based on extant literature, relevant research hypotheses were framed and empirically tested using regression analysis. The study is expected to present important insights to the supply chain managers working in an ambidextrous supply chain about the different exploitation factors which affects their respective supply chains.
Keywords: exploitation factors; competition; partnership; efficiency; ambidextrous supply chain; regression analysis.
Assessing the rigour of empirical research in supply chain risk management
by Shoufeng Cao, Kim Bryceson, Damian Hine
Abstract: The objective of this paper is to provide in-depth guidance on conducting and/or developing solid empirical research in supply chain risk management (SCRM). A meta-synthesis approach was employed to assess empirical research in SCRM retrieved from 17 leading journals over the last 14 years in terms of research evolution and research process. It was found that empirical investigations of SCRM in multi-tier supply chains for global insights are relatively scarce and many empirical studies failed to justify the trustworthiness of their research. The findings could guide researchers to develop solid empirical methodologies to address industry issues and advance SCRM theory.
Keywords: supply chain risk management; SCRM; meta-synthesis; empirical research; research process; methodological rigour.
A supplier selection model using group decision-making systems under multiple criteria considering regret factor
by Mohammad Azadfallah
Abstract: In the current literature, supplier selection problem is defined as "the process by which companies identify, evaluate and choose the supplier to become part of their supply chain." Indeed, supplier selection is a multi-criteria decision-making (MCDM) problem affected by several conflicting factors (i.e., price, delivery time, etc.). However, some authors claim that this problem is typically a multi-criteria group decision-making (MCGDM) problem. On the other side, incorporating behavioural aspects, such as feelings of regret and rejoicing, into MCDM model intriguing area has been introduced. Therefore, the question typically posed is whether emotional feelings (particularly, regret factor) can be modelled systematically for an established MCGDM model? In this paper, we propose a new TOPSIS-based algorithm for determining regret measure in the group decision-making process. So, in the first step, the proposed method is used, the results of this step are inputs for the existing group TOPSIS methodology in the next step. Finally, to clarify our proposed algorithm, a numerical example involves a multi-criteria supplier selection problem in a supply chain context is discussed. The results indicate that the accuracy of the decision has been increased by considering the regret factors.
Keywords: MAGDM/MCGDM; TOPSIS; emotional feelings; regret factor; supplier selection problem.
Integrative technologies to make supply chains lean, agile and green: a review
by Gaganpreet Singh Hundal, Chad Matthew Laux
Abstract: This research paper aims to qualitatively review the novel concept of lean, agile and green (LAG) supply chains through technology integration. Excessive carbon-footprint of supply chains in this era of globalisation, customised consumer needs and cost efficiency requires lean, agile and green supply chains. Therefore, this study reviews the impact of integrative technologies on LAG supply chain drivers through systematic literature review and content analysis. Findings of this study suggests that integrative technologies foster lean, agile and green key performance drivers. Managerial implications of this study are significant from technology adoption perspective as supply chain managers justify the integration of highlighted technologies for lean, green and agile supply chains. The future work as proposed by this study can motivate supply chain firms to further investigate the cost-benefit analysis for integrative technologies adoption and the empirical impact on LAG supply chain drivers.
Keywords: lean; agile; green; supply chain; 3D printing; internet of things; IoT; drones.
Prioritisation of city logistics solutions based on stakeholders' point of view
by Leise Kelli De Oliveira, Carla De Oliveira Leite Nascimento, Paulo Renato De Sousa, Paulo Tarso Vilela De Resende, Selma Setsumi Isa
Abstract: Using the methods of successive intervals, this paper assesses prioritisation of city logistics solutions by considering the viewpoints of carriers, retailers, and shippers. The group of solutions evaluated include truck lanes, urban distribution centres, parking areas, off-peak deliveries, and real-time information. Results suggest that truck lanes are the most important and off-peak delivery the least important solution according to stakeholders. Brazilian municipalities and urban planners can use these results to subsidise decisions regarding urban mobility master plans due to a lack of studies that support urban freight transport planning. Urban freight transport will thus become more efficient, reducing externalities associated with this field.
Keywords: urban freight transport; city logistics; stakeholders; method of successive intervals; Brazil.
Special Issue on: Value Delivery Networks in Indian Context
Bridging the perceived gap between industry and academia
by Shalini Srivastav, Vikas Garg, Anubhuti Gupta
Abstract: Need is the mother of creation. So is academia - industry joint effort, managed by need. In the course of the most recent decade and a half, world has turned into a worldwide town. Employers today, work in a domain that requests new and continually creating aptitudes to hold worldwide intensity. Nonetheless, regardless of such across the board acknowledgment of the significance of such associations, ironically such joint efforts are very restricted in India as well as everywhere throughout the world. The purpose behind this can be credited to the absence of a distinct model because of numerous hindrances to academia industry coordinated effort that still persevere. In fact, the academic industry collaboration is a framework that requires dynamic and synergistic interests of the considerable number of partners. This research paper explores different challenges, barriers and their solutions related with educational institutions and industry collaboration.
Keywords: academia; industry; education; gap; collaboration; skill development; Make in India; graduates; placement; training; college.