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Title: Resilience in agri-food supply chains: a critical analysis of the literature and synthesis of a novel framework
Authors: Stone, Jamie
Rahimifard, Shahin
Keywords: Resilience
Food supply chains
Supply chain management
Sustainability
Global food security
Food industry
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: Emerald Publishing Limited (© Jamie Stone and Shahin Rahimifard)
Citation: STONE, J. and RAHIMIFARD, S., 2018. Resilience in agri-food supply chains: a critical analysis of the literature and synthesis of a novel framework. Supply Chain Management: An International Journal, doi: 10.1108/SCM-06-2017-0201
Abstract: Purpose: Resilience in Agri-Food Supply Chains (AFSCs) is an area of significant importance due to growing supply chain volatility. Whilst the majority of research exploring supply chain resilience has originated from a supply chain management perspective, many other disciplines (such as environmental systems science and the social sciences) have also explored the topic. As complex social, economic and environmental constructs, the priority of resilience in AFSCs goes far beyond the company specific focus of supply chain management works and would conceivably benefit from including more diverse academic disciplines. However, this is hindered by inconsistencies in terminology and the conceptual components of resilience across different disciplines. In response, this work utilises a systematic literature review to identify which multidisciplinary aspects of resilience are applicable to AFSCs and to generate a novel AFSC resilience framework. Design/methodology/approach: This paper employs a structured and multidisciplinary review of 137 articles in the resilience literature followed by critical analysis and synthesis of findings to generate new knowledge in the form of a novel AFSC resilience framework. Findings: Findings indicate that the complexity of AFSCs and subsequent exposure to almost constant external interference means that disruptions cannot be seen as a one off event and thus resilience must concern not only the ability to maintain core function but also to adapt to changing conditions. Practical implications: A number of resilience elements can be used to enhance resilience but their selection and implementation must be carefully matched to relevant phases of disruption and assessed on their broader supply chain impacts. In particular, the focus must be on overall impact on the ability of the supply chain as a whole to provide food security rather than to boost individual company performance. Originality/value: The research novelty lies in the utilization of wider understandings of resilience from various research fields to propose a rigorous and food specific resilience framework with end consumer food security as its main focus.
Description: This article is published by Emerald Publishing Limited under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY 4.0) licence. Anyone may reproduce, distribute, translate and create derivative works of this article (for both commercial and non-commercial purposes), subject to full attribution to the original publication and authors. The full terms of this licence may be seen at http://creativecommons.org/licences/by/4.0/legalcode
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1108/SCM-06-2017-0201
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/27452
Publisher Link: https://doi.org/10.1108/SCM-06-2017-0201
ISSN: 1359-8546
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