The impacts of product design changes on supply chain risk: a case study

Yong Lin (School of Business, University of Greenwich, London, UK)
Li Zhou (School of Business, University of Greenwich, London, UK)

International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management

ISSN: 0960-0035

Publication date: 15 March 2011

Abstract

Purpose

The main purpose of this paper is to address the impact of product design changes on supply chain risk, and to identify the supply chain risk dimensions in the Chinese special‐purpose vehicle (SPV) industry in the context of product design change.

Design/methodology/approach

Case study methodology is adopted to describe the current situation of supply chain risk management in the Chinese SPV industry. Data are mainly collected from in‐depth semi‐structured interviews, and a cause‐effect diagram is used to identify and summarize the internal and external risk dimensions of supply chain risk.

Findings

This paper identifies both the internal and external supply chain risk from the perspective of the focal manufacturer in the SPV supply chain. At the level of the external supply chain, customer‐required design change normally leads to risk in supply, delivery, and policy. Internally for the manufacturer, the risk dimensions are R&D, production, planning, information, and organization. All of these risk dimensions have their respective causes.

Research limitations/implications

The risk identification of product design change in this paper is only meant to lay a foundation; further case studies should focus on the best practices and approaches of risk management and extend them to other industries.

Practical implications

The current identification of the risk dimensions and their respective causes will help both practitioners and researchers to better understand supply chain risk in the context of product design change. The identified risk dimensions and cause‐effect diagram provide practitioners with a risk framework and useful tools to recognize and identify their potential supply chain risks.

Originality/value

This paper shows the “big picture” of supply chain risk from product design changes in the Chinese SPV industry.

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Citation

Lin, Y. and Zhou, L. (2011), "The impacts of product design changes on supply chain risk: a case study", International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, Vol. 41 No. 2, pp. 162-186. https://doi.org/10.1108/09600031111118549

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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