Supply Chain Sustainability and Resilience Under Uncertainty: Paradoxes and Responses

Piotr Warmbier, Aseem Kinra, Dmitry Ivanov

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Under conditions of uncertainty, operations and supply chain management decision-makers face the problem of balancing economic vs. social-ecological performance of the supply chain. The aim of this study is to explore how competing demands for supply chain sustainability and resilience can be accommodated by investigating the underlying paradoxes, responses and examining required congruent supply chain capabilities. To this end, we conducted a Delphi study within the automotive industry from the perspective of the Covid 19 pandemic, including a systematic review of supply chain sustainability and resilience literature. The study identified several paradoxical tensions, such as operational versus dynamic capabilities, change versus stability and economic vs. social-ecological goals, with different underlying reasons and which can become even more evident under uncertain conditions. The context in which an organisation operates, e.g. in global supply chains, can influence the paradoxes which can occur on intra and inter-organisational level. Following the synthesis approach by considering new perspectives on social-ecological supply chain systems, we also found that dynamic capabilities can facilitate the resolution of these paradoxes. This study contributes to sustainable supply chain performance research by providing a deeper understanding of sustainability vs. resilience paradoxes in uncertain situations. Our model shows how cyclical responses to paradoxical tensions enable sustainable performance of global supply chains that ensures success in the future.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Eighty-third Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management
EditorsSonia Taneja
Number of pages1
Place of PublicationBriarcliff Manor, NY
PublisherAcademy of Management
Publication date2023
Publication statusPublished - 2023
EventThe Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2023: Putting the Worker Front and Center - Boston, United States
Duration: 4 Aug 20238 Aug 2023
Conference number: 83


ConferenceThe Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2023
Country/TerritoryUnited States
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SeriesAcademy of Management Annual Meeting Proceedings

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