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Realising supply chain resilience: an exploratory study of Irish firms' priorities in the wake of Brexit

Maurice Brady (School of Transport Engineering, Environment and Planning, Technological University Dublin, Dublin, Ireland)

Continuity & Resilience Review

ISSN: 2516-7502

Article publication date: 16 November 2020

Issue publication date: 20 April 2021




The purpose of this research is to validate an industry-wide definition of supply chain resilience (SCRES) within the Irish supply chain sector and measure the key elements of SCRES and their relative importance for Irish firms in light of Brexit.


Survey method is used in this research. Data were collected from supply chain managers in Irish firms. Findings were analysed in accordance with industry sector and exposure to Brexit.


The results from the respondents confirm a willingness to define and utilise SCRES under a four-phase cycle; ready, respond, recover and grow. Focus on SCRES enablers shifts in accordance with cycle position. Understanding cycle position is paramount for successful execution of a SCRES strategy. Findings can be used as a basis for the development, implementation and management of a SCRES strategy.

Research limitations/implications

Research was conducted at one specific point during Brexit negotiations. Sector specific and longitudinal studies are required to build upon this exploratory study.

Practical implications

Supply chain managers must ensure that phase position and enabler implementation are aligned to maximise the investment in a SCRES strategy. As a disruption event and its associated response evolve, management must demonstrate an ability to deploy and focus efforts on different SCRES enablers throughout the four-phase cycle.


This is the first research focussing on an industry-wide accepted definition of SCRES and its key enablers within Irish supply chains.



Brady, M. (2021), "Realising supply chain resilience: an exploratory study of Irish firms' priorities in the wake of Brexit", Continuity & Resilience Review, Vol. 3 No. 1, pp. 22-36.



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