|Title||Developing resilient supply chains: Lessons from High-Reliability Organisations|
|Authors||Sawyerr, E. and Harrison, C.|
Purpose: The purpose of this study is to identify the prescribed formative elements of supply chain resilience (SCR) in literature, to compare them with the unique characteristics of High Reliability Organisations (HROs) and derive lessons useful for improving SCR.
Design/methodology/approach: Two systematic literature reviews are carried out; one on SCR and the other on HRO which identified 107 studies and 18 papers respectively. The results from the review are presented, analysed and synthesised.
Findings: Findings suggest that, despite significant similarities in some of the proposed formative elements for SCR and the characteristics of HROs, the strong managerial commitment exhibited in HROs is absent in SCR literature. More importantly, the most cited characteristic of HROs – which is their flexible decision-making structure – is pointed out as a prima lesson towards developing resilience in supply chains.
Originality/value: This paper is the first study to systematically review HROs, adapt a HRO decision-making framework and also apply the Cynefin framework to SCR. This therefore provides the basis to launch further research into the use of these theories and the role of decision making in SCR creation.
Article Classification: Literature Review
|Keywords||Supply chain resilience, supply chain risks, high reliability organisations, decision making, resilience, Cynefin|
|Journal||Supply Chain Management: An International Journal|
|Journal citation||25 (1), pp. 77-100|
|Accepted author manuscript|
File Access Level
Open (open metadata and files)
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||https://doi.org/10.1108/SCM-09-2018-0329|
|Web address (URL)||https://www.emerald.com/insight/content/doi/10.1108/SCM-09-2018-0329/full/html|
|Published||25 Sep 2019|