Supply chain operational risk mitigation: a collaborative approach

Jie Chen, Amrik S. Sohal, Daniel I. Prajogo

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Along with increasing supply chain risks due to economic and environmental changes, it is imperative to answer the question of how to reduce supply chain risks. This study examines supply chain collaboration as a risk mitigation strategy. The study examines three types of risks, namely supply risk, demand risk and process risk in relation to three types of collaboration, namely supplier collaboration, customer collaboration and internal collaboration, as a mechanism to mitigate those risks. The proposed relationship model is tested with
data collected from 203 manufacturing companies in Australia. The results show that each area of collaboration effectively reduces its respective supply chain risk, but only the mitigation of process risk and demand risk has a direct effect on supply chain performance. In addition, both supply risk and demand risk
increase process risk. We offer theoretical and practical implications of the findings.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2186-2199
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Production Research
Issue number7
Early online date30 Sept 2012
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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