Scenario-Driven Supply Chain Charaterization Using a Multi-Dimensional Approach

Ana Cristina Barros*, Pedro Pinho Senna, Irene Marchiori, Dimitra Kalaitzi, Sébastien Balech

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Extreme disruptive events, such as the volcano eruption in Iceland, the Japanese tsunami, and the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as constant changes in customers’ needs and expectations, have forced supply chains to continuously adapt to new environments. Consequently, it is paramount to understand the supply chain characteristics for possible future scenarios, in order to know how to respond to threats and take advantage of the opportunities that the next years will bring. This chapter focuses on describing the characteristics of the supply chain in each of the six macro-scenarios presented in Sardesai et al. (2020b), as final stage of the scenario building methodology. Supply chains for each scenario are characterized in eight dimensions: Products and Services, Supply Chain Paradigm, Sourcing and Distribution, Technology Level, Supply Chain Configuration, Manufacturing Systems, Sales Channel, and Sustainability.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNext Generation Supply Chains
ISBN (Electronic)9783030635053
ISBN (Print)9783030635046
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2021

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Management and Industrial Engineering

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