Project: Supply Chain Resilience

Reference: FL0123

Last update: 02/10/2003 11:11:25


To raise corporate awareness of the importance of considering supply chain vulnerability in the context of business continuity management.

To develop a high level methodology for the management of supply chain vulnerability including the production of a series of management tools which will enable organisations:

to understand and map their own supply chains/networks;

to understand the critical linkages with other sectors;

to identify vulnerabilities in their supply chains/networks;

To develop approaches which will enable organisations to take cost-effective actions to increase their supply chain resilience. If it is not carried out then disruption of supply chains is likely with serious political, social and health consequences


There is increasing concern about modern supply chains which are very complex, with many parallel physical and information flows occurring in order to ensure that products are delivered in the right quantities, to the right place in a cost effective manner.
This project is intended to assist organisations to identify and to be more resilient to supply network vulnerabilities. This would take the form of a general framework and a "tool-kit" for a selection of critical supply networks that will have been tested with appropriate organisations. The output will then be suitable for change managers based in industry or consultancies to use to increase the resilience of critical national supply networks.


Cranfield University
The Cranfield Centre for Logistics and Transportation, Cranfield, Bedford, MK43 OAL
01234 751122

Contract details

Cost to the Department: £201,200.00

Actual start date: 09 May 2002

Expected completion date: 30 January 2003