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Differences in security risk perceptions between logistics companies and cargo owners

Luca Urciuoli (MIT International Logistics Programme, Zaragoza Logistics Center, Zaragoza , Spain)
Juha Hintsa (Cross-border Research Association, Echandens, Switzerland AND Department of Operations, HEC Université de Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland)

The International Journal of Logistics Management

ISSN: 0957-4093

Article publication date: 8 August 2016




Supply chain stakeholders may perceive security risks differently and thereby misalign mitigation strategies. Hence, causing weak spots in supply chains and thereby disruptions. The purpose of this paper is to determine whether supply chain companies actually perceive security risks and effectiveness of mitigation strategies differently.


Two survey studies measuring perception of security risks and effectiveness of measures have been developed and used to collect data from European and Latin American companies, grouped as cargo owners and logistics companies.


The findings of the surveys unveil that only two (out of six) security risks, namely, violation of customs non-fiscal regulations and illegal immigration, show significant differences between the two groups of companies. In addition, the surveys show that companies perceive equally the effectiveness of security measures. This study concludes that supply chains seem to have good visibility over the security risks of their partners. Hence, in terms of security, supply chain companies seem to have achieved a common understanding of risks and furthermore are able to act jointly to secure assets and operations.


Previous research claim supply chain stakeholders may perceive risks differently and thereby may fail to correctly align mitigation strategies. Yet, to the authors knowledge, previous research has not empirically demonstrated these differences in perceptions of risks and mitigation strategies.



The authors of this paper would like to thank the CORE project (Consistently Optimised Resilient Secure Global Supply Chains, Grant Agreement No. 603993), a project funded under the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development, and demonstration. This publication reflects the views only of the authors, and the EU Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.


Urciuoli, L. and Hintsa, J. (2016), "Differences in security risk perceptions between logistics companies and cargo owners", The International Journal of Logistics Management, Vol. 27 No. 2, pp. 418-437.



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