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Research on the phenomenon of supply chain resilience: A systematic review and paths for further investigation

Nils-Ole Hohenstein (Department of Supply Chain Management, Friedrich-Alexander-University, Nuernberg, Germany)
Edda Feisel (Department of Supply Chain Management, Friedrich-Alexander-University, Nuernberg, Germany)
Evi Hartmann (Department of Supply Chain Management, Friedrich-Alexander-University, Nuernberg, Germany)
Larry Giunipero (College of Business, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, USA)

International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management

ISSN: 0960-0035

Article publication date: 2 March 2015

Abstract

Purpose

This paper provides a robust and structured literature review on supply chain resilience (SCRES), the supply chain’s ability to be prepared for unexpected risk events, responding and recovering quickly to potential disruptions to return to its original situation or grow by moving to a new, more desirable state. The purpose of this paper is to analyze the extant research through focussed questions and provide an insightful framework with propositions to guide further publications and identify future research needs.

Design/methodology/approach

The findings underlie a systematic literature review methodology requiring a robust method of literature analysis. The sand cone model is adopted to develop a comprehensive SCRES framework.

Findings

The literature review reveals a strong need for an overarching SCRES definition and a clear terminology for its building elements. It indicates that most research has been qualitative and lacks in assessing and measuring SCRES performance.

Originality/value

This paper contributes a structured overview of 67 peer-reviewed articles from 2003 to 2013 on an emerging area of supply chain research. The review formulates an overarching definition of SCRES, groups and synthesizes the various SCRES elements into proactive and reactive strategies for the ex-ante/ex-post disruption stage and illustrates SCRES measurement through performance metrics. It provides a comprehensive SCRES framework with propositions and indicates gaps in the literature to target for further development.

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Citation

Hohenstein, N.-O., Feisel, E., Hartmann, E. and Giunipero, L. (2015), "Research on the phenomenon of supply chain resilience: A systematic review and paths for further investigation", International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, Vol. 45 No. 1/2, pp. 90-117. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJPDLM-05-2013-0128

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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