Supply chain disruptions caused by natural catastrophes

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Supply chain disruptions caused by natural catastrophes

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dc.contributor.author Larsson, Elin Alexandra
dc.contributor.author Jäger, Max Josef
dc.date.accessioned 2013-09-24T08:42:12Z
dc.date.available 2013-09-24T08:42:12Z
dc.date.issued 2013-09-24
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10417/3885
dc.description.abstract As modern supply chains are becoming increasingly dispersed around the globe in lengthy network structured supply chains, they are also becoming increasingly designed and managed for costefficiency and leanness. The reason for this development can be traced back to the competitive edge and increase in financial performance that firms hope to achieve. This brings complexity, rigidness and a high vulnerability towards risk. One of these risks is that supply chains are becoming increasingly vulnerable towards natural catastrophes. The trend is that natural catastrophes are increasing in frequency and impact, especially in North America and Asia – where many echelons of modern supply chain networks are represented. Consequently, the exposure of modern supply chains towards natural catastrophes is increasing, which is amplified by their design and management. This brings about a supply chain natural catastrophe return risk paradox. Given the existence of this paradox, this research paper seeks to explore if companies will undergo transformations and alter their supply chain strategies to reduce the exposure and impact of natural catastrophes on their supply chains. Using an explorative research approach based on 75 questionnaires responses and 8 in-depth interviews with supply chain managers and corporate executives international organizations, this paper concludes that half of the companies have been impacted by a natural catastrophe in past ten years mostly outside their locus of control, and mostly with a less severe consequence for the organization than is described in the literature. Consequently, natural catastrophes may pose more of a mid-probability and mid-impact risk than has previously been assumed. Given this, more than half of the companies have undertaken changes in their supply chain strategies in the past, either as a reaction to a previous experience or an observation in the external environment. These have focused mostly on decreasing the risk through supply chain management or design rather than trying to reduce the overall exposure through shifting the supply chain location. Companies were mostly motivated internally through profit, sales, or reputation, whereby perception – or a change therein – did not play an important role. Furthermore, the research found that equally as many companies will continue to undertake supply chain changes in the future, of which most of them would carry out similar changes for similar reasons as in the past. This comes to show that these companies are undergoing continuous transformation in their supply chain strategies. Consequently, the increasing impact and frequency of natural catastrophes has caused international organizations to undergo transformation from one configuration to a new configuration and will continue to make them transform in the future. en_US
dc.format.extent 316 s. en_US
dc.language eng en_US
dc.subject.other Kandidatafhandlinger en_US
dc.title Supply chain disruptions caused by natural catastrophes en_US
dc.type mop en_US
dc.contributor.corporation Copenhagen Business School. CBS en_US
dc.contributor.corporationshort Department of International Economics and Management. INT en_US
dc.contributor.corporationshort Institut for International Økonomi og Virksomhedsledelse. INT en_US
dc.contributor.department MSc in Economics & Business Administration en_US
dc.contributor.departmentshort 22 en_US
dc.description.notes Cand.merc.imm. International Marketing and Management Cand.merc.ibs. International Business Studies CEMS / Master's in International Management en_US
dc.publisher.year 2012 en_US
dc.publisher.city Frederiksberg en_US

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