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.
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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Faculty Researchers and Corporate Sponsors
- Arash Azadegan, Laboratory Director
- Kevin Lyons, Associate Director
- Rudi Leuschner, Faculty Member
Dr. Azadegan focuses on research related to supply chain disruptions, response and recovery from disruptions and inter-organizational creativity and innovation. Dr. Azadegan manages the Supply Chain Disruption Research Laboratory (SCDrl) at the Center for Supply Chain Management.
Dr. Azadegan's work is published in the Journal of Operations Management, Production and Operations Management...