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Supply chain uncertainty : a review and theoretical foundation for future research

Simangunsong, Eliot Sation and Hendry, Linda and Stevenson, Mark (2012) Supply chain uncertainty : a review and theoretical foundation for future research. International Journal of Production Research, 50 (16). pp. 4493-4523. ISSN 0020-7543

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    Supply-chain uncertainty is an issue with which every practising manager wrestles, deriving from the increasing complexity of global supply networks. Taking a broad view of supply-chain uncertainty (incorporating supply-chain risk), this paper seeks to review the literature in this area and develop a theoretical foundation for future research. The literature review identifies a comprehensive list of 14 sources of uncertainty, including those that have received much research attention, such as the bullwhip effect, and those more recently described, such as parallel interaction. Approaches to managing these sources of uncertainty are classified into: 10 approaches that seek to reduce uncertainty at its source; and, 11 approaches that seek to cope with it, thereby minimising its impact on performance. Manufacturing strategy theory, including the concepts of alignment and contingency, is then used to develop a model of supply-chain uncertainty, which is populated using the literature review to show alignment between uncertainty sources and management strategies. Future research proposed includes more empirical research in order to further investigate: which uncertainties occur in particular industrial contexts; the impact of appropriate sources/management strategy alignment on performance; and the complex interplay between management strategies and multiple sources of uncertainty (positive or negative).

    Item Type: Journal Article
    Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Production Research
    Uncontrolled Keywords: supply-chain uncertainty ; supply-chain risk ; supply-chain management ; literature review ; alignment theory ; contingency theory
    Subjects: ?? hb ??
    Departments: Lancaster University Management School > Management Science
    ID Code: 49648
    Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
    Deposited On: 08 Sep 2011 14:26
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 24 May 2018 00:15
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