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International Journal of Logistics Management, The

ISSN: 0957-4093

Online from: 1990

Subject Area: Operations and Logistics Management

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Supply Chain Management under the Threat of International Terrorism

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Title:Supply Chain Management under the Threat of International Terrorism
Author(s):Yossi Sheffi, (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Citation:Yossi Sheffi, (2001) "Supply Chain Management under the Threat of International Terrorism", International Journal of Logistics Management, The, Vol. 12 Iss: 2, pp.1 - 11
Keywords:Inventory, Security, Supplier relations, Supply-chain management, Terrorism, Uncertainty
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/09574090110806262 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:MCB UP Ltd
Abstract:On the morning of September 11th, 2001, the United States and the Western world entered into a new era - one in which large scale terrorist acts are to be expected. The impacts of the new era will challenge supply chain managers to adjust relations with suppliers and customers, contend with transportation difficulties and amend inventory management strategies. This paper looks at the twin corporate challenges of (i) preparing to deal with the aftermath of terrorist attacks and (ii) operating under heightened security. The first challenge involves setting certain operational redundancies. The second means less reliable lead times and less certain demand scenarios. In addition, the paper looks at how companies should organize to meet those challenges efficiently and suggests a new public-private partnership. While the paper is focused on the US, it has worldwide implications.

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