Large cities carry 2-3 days of food inventory. Superstorm Sandy highlighted vulnerabilities in food distribution and storage in such dense regions.
Alongside their social impacts, natural disasters require firms to continually visit their crisis management, recovery and continuity plans.
Supply disruptions such as this train derailment and subsequent chemical spill can have severe operating, health and environmental ramifications.
Reportedly 34% of businesses become aware of supply chain disruptions, such as this fire in a supplier plant, a day or more after they have occurred.

Supply Chain Disruption Research Laboratory (SCDrl)

Disruptions, Supply Chains and Studying their effects

The financial, reputational and relational damages of supply chain disruptions have become ever more important to producers of goods and services in the recent past. In particular, disruptions of national infrastructure that support supply chains (e.g., transportation, electric grid, water supply, cyber infrastructure, etc.) can have far reaching deleterious consequences.  While much research has been conducted on how firms can improve their preparedness ahead of disruptions, much less emphasis has been placed on understanding how firms should act during and after disruptions occur.

Supply chain disruptions are often unannounced and each disruption is also unique. Since supply chain disruptions catch organizations by surprise, decision making under such circumstances is uniquely different from normal operations. Studying organizational and managerial behaviors during and after disruptions can help better understand response to and recovery from supply chain disruptions, and contribute to their improvement.

 

The SCDrl

Supply Chain Disruption research laboratory (SCDrl) at Rutgers Business School investigates how managers decide on a course of action in response to a supply chain disruption. The SCDrl may uses archival, simulated, survey and case study data to investigate variation in decisions and outcomes among different firms and for different types of disruptions. The SCDrl will produce white papers, industry focused reports, magazine articles targeted at trade journals and academic publications targeted at supply chain management journals.

 

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