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Supply chain Resilience and its most suited elements to decrease energy price spike risks

Veldscholten, Bram B.H. (2023) Supply chain Resilience and its most suited elements to decrease energy price spike risks.

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Abstract:Supply chains are becoming increasingly vulnerable to supply chain disruptions and the risk of these disruptions is becoming higher. Therefore, an increase in interest in Supply-Chain resilience and how it can decrease risk in supply chains is seen in literature. This research tries to examine what the most suited SCRES elements are to decrease the risks of an increase in the energy price, as was experienced in 2021-2022. This disruption is truly relevant and the combination of, for instance the influence by other disruptions, such as the war in Ukraine and Covid-19, the global impact, the increased political interest, and the influence on other triggers for supply chain disruption, makes it very complex. Certain SCRES elements may be effective in influencing the main risks, which are an increase in product price and a decrease in material availability, which is researched in this paper. This research is set up as a case study combined with a literature review. In the case study, three strategic buyers and fifteen suppliers of the case company will be interviewed. The findings show that Visibility, Collaboration, Market Position and Social Capital are the most suited to decrease the stated risks. Where Visibility was described to reduce product price, Collaboration to increase material availability and Market Position and Social Capital, to have a positive influence on both. Market Position and Social Capital additionally also were found to have a positive influence on the implementation of other SCRES elements. Next to that, Visibility was described to have a positive influence on Flexibility, Agility and Collaboration. To conclude, Redundancy and Supplier Flexibility showed to have a different role than expected. They both only had a positive influence when implemented before the disruption occurs and should therefore be seen as pro-active strategies.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:83 economics, 85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:Business Administration MSc (60644)
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