Seminar: Designing resilient and robust supply chain in agribusiness Event as iCalendar

04 May 2015

3 - 4pm

Venue: Room 439.201

Location: Level 2, UniServices House, 70 Symonds Street

Host: Dr Richard Clarke

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A seminar by Golnar Behzadi, PhD candidate of the Department of Engineering Science.



After years of focusing on leanness and efficiency, resilience is currently receiving noticeable attention from both supply chain practitioners and academics. Broadly, resilience incorporates concepts from vulnerability and risk management to address the recovery of a system from a disruption (rare high-impact risks). By comparison, robustness is a measure of a supply chain’s strength to withstand disturbances (often business-as-usual failures), and keep its original structure despite disruption(s). Agribusiness supply chains (ASCs, also known as agri-supply chain), generally have specific features such as limited lifecycle of products, seasonality of supply and demand, long lead time for production and delivery, and supply that is affected by significant climatic variability. Such characteristics make an ASC especially vulnerable to supply and demand disruptions. Though, the managers are reluctant to invest in resilience capabilities due to their implications for cost efficiency which makes the problem more challenging, so a special approach to risk management is required. Searching through the literature, only a few quantitative studies discuss resilience strategies in supply chain risk management. Resilient approaches, particularly in agribusiness supply chains (ASCs), are a significant gap in the current research literature. Thus, in this study, we aim to first investigate key disruption risks and mitigation/contingency disruption management strategies in ASCs, and then design resilient ASCs under various supply-side and demand-side disruptions.