Supply chain risk management

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Supply chain risk management is aimed at managing risks in complex and dynamic supply and demand networks.[1] (cf. Wieland/Wallenburg, 2011)

Supply chain risk management (SCRM) is "the implementation of strategies to manage both everyday and exceptional risks along the supply chain based on continuous risk assessment with the objective of reducing vulnerability and ensuring continuity".[2]

Supply chain exposures[edit]

SCRM attempts to reduce supply chain vulnerability via a coordinated holistic approach, involving all supply chain stakeholders, which identifies and analyses the risk of failure points within the supply chain. Risks to the supply chain range from unpredictable natural threats to counterfeit products, and reach across quality, security, to resiliency and product integrity. Mitigation plans to manage these risks can involve logistics, cybersecurity, finance and risk management disciplines; the ultimate goal being to ensure supply chain continuity in the event of a scenario which otherwise would have interrupted normal business and thereby profitability.

Sometimes, it's possible for supply chain logistics techniques such as supply chain optimization to prejudice contingency planning which would otherwise reduce the overall risk level for that particular supply chain.

Contingency options[edit]

Some options to engineer an acceptable risk level include:

  • Managing stock
  • Considering alternative sourcing arrangements
  • Business interruption / contingency insurance
  • Risk assessments and audits
  • Awareness campaigns and training programs
  • The use of business intelligence from big data analytics and continuous monitoring for predictive security measures vs. clean up

See also[edit]


  1. ^ cf. Andreas Wieland, Carl Marcus Wallenburg (2011): Supply-Chain-Management in stürmischen Zeiten. Berlin.
  2. ^ Wieland, A., Wallenburg, C.M., 2012. Dealing with supply chain risks: Linking risk management practices and strategies to performance. International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, 42(10).

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