Supply Chain Vulnerability
The widespread disruption to the UK's economy resulting from the fuel protests in September 2000, and the outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease in February 2001 provided the impetus for the first major study of 'Supply Chain Vulnerability'. This exploratory study by Cranfield CLSCM with Heriot-Watt University, was undertaken in 2001 on behalf of the Department for Transport (formerly DTLR), Department for Trade and Industry (DTi) and Home Office.
The aim of the study was to ascertain the state of knowledge within UK industry of the wider issue of Supply Chain Vulnerability, and where possible to identify 'best practice' tool and approaches. The work included interviews with practitioners representing many sectors of industry. In addition, literature reviews provided a summary of the supply chain risk management literature from the academic community.
The research concluded that the issue of supply chain vulnerability lacked the necessary research base to comprehend a subject of this breath and importance. Furthermore many organisations lacked an awareness of the need to consider the resilience of their supply chains as part of their overall approach to risk and business continuity management.
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