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Supply chain resilience: a systematic literature review and typological framework

Cigdem Gonul Kochan (The James F. Dicke College of Business, Ohio Northern University, Ada, Ohio, USA)
David R. Nowicki (Department of Marketing and Logistics, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas, USA)

International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management

ISSN: 0960-0035

Article publication date: 10 August 2018

Issue publication date: 12 September 2018



The study of supply chain resilience (SCRES) continues to gain interest in the academic and practitioner communities. The purpose of this paper is to present a focused review of the SCRES literature by investigating supply chain (SC) capabilities, their relationship to SCRES outcomes and the underpinning theoretical mechanisms of this relationship.


The paper uses the systematic literature review approach to examine 383 articles published between 2000 and 2017, ultimately down selecting to the most relevant 228 peer-reviewed studies. Context-interventions-mechanisms-outcomes (CIMO) logic is applied to organize and synthesize these peer-reviewed studies. A typological framework is developed from the CIMO-based classification of the SCRES literature.


The findings of this study outline the gaps in the SCRES literature and present an agenda for future research.

Research limitations/implications

This paper presents an exploratory research; therefore, the typological model presented is just one of the possible perspectives.

Practical implications

The typology of SCRES literature can help practitioners to understand SCRES and to measure and assess the resilience of SCs.


The paper provides clear definitions of SCRES constructs, develops a typological framework to further understand SCRES and identifies SCRES measures and assessment techniques.



Kochan, C.G. and Nowicki, D.R. (2018), "Supply chain resilience: a systematic literature review and typological framework", International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, Vol. 48 No. 8, pp. 842-865.



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