Archive for June 2012

Insurance Pro and Con - This Week in Supply Chain Management (25 / 2012)

My hard drive just crashed. Well, one of two I use to store all a my private media. The disks were arranged as RAID 0. And the 0 already indicates that there is zero redundancy. So the data is gone.

Negative Default Dependencies in Supplier Networks

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Negative default dependence in supplier networks
Year: 
2011

If people talk about disruptions and network effects within the supply chain, the associations are most often negative.

The picture of an automotive/just-in-time supply chain comes to mind, where a small screw from a distant supplier did not get delivered in time and all production processes within the whole network suddenly come to an involuntary halt.

But on the other hand there are companies profiting from these smaller and larger disruptions: competition.

Real Options and Child Labor - This Week in Supply Chain Management (24 / 2012)

This was a slow first week, after my vacation. I am still waiting for some feedback on my dissertation. Regarding my job-hunt: I sent applications to several interesting companies and now I am looking forward to their feedback.

The following articles I found worth reading this week.

Norway - This Week in Supply Chain Management (22+23 / 2012)

We are back from Norway. I had a great time there. The first week stayed at a small cabin at the Vindafjord (first picture) later we visited Jotunheimen National Park (second picture), Oslo and Bergen.
Overall I was really surprised by the magnificent fjords, mountains and nice people.

An Empirical Investigation into Supply Chain Vulnerability

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An Empirical Investigation into Supply Chain Vulnerability Experienced by German Firms
Year: 
2006

One basic assumption in risk-aware supply chain design is the notion that the design of the supply chain actually has an impact on the vulnerability of the supply chain.
This question has been analyzed about six years ago in a broad empirical study by Wagner and Bode.

h5. Method

The authors use a rather large sample of companies in Germany. Overall nearly 5000 supply chain professionals were asked to participate and 760 actually took part in the study.