A strategic framework for managing failure in jit supply chains

Jaydeep Balakrishnan, Frances Bowen, Astrid L.H. Eckstein

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Supply chains can be disrupted at both local and global levels. Just-In-Time (JIT) companies should be particularly interested in managing supply chain failure risk as they often have very little inventory to buffer themselves when their upstream supply chain fails. We develop previous research further and present a strategic framework to manage supply chain failure in JIT supply chains. We identify two dimensions along which the risks of failure can be categorized: location and unpredictability. We go on to identify strategies which companies can use either before (proactive) or after (reactive) the failure to manage supply chain failure. We support our framework with examples of actual responses to supply chain failures in JIT companies. It is also hoped that our strategic framework will be validated empirically in the future leading to specific guidance for managers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20-38
Number of pages19
JournalInternational Journal of Information Systems and Supply Chain Management
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2008


  • Just-in-time
  • Manufacturing industry
  • Organizational risk
  • Partner firms
  • Strategy and policy
  • Supply chain management

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