SUNConferences, Southern African Institute for Industrial Engineering 2014

Font Size: 
THE APPLICATION OF SOFT SYSTEMS METHODOLOGY TO SUPPLY CHAIN RISK MANAGEMENT IN SMALL AND MEDIUM ENTERPRISES
Mpho Maje, Bernadette Sunjka

Last modified: 2014-06-26

Abstract


The persistent failure of small and medium enterprises has put the South African government under severe pressure, considering the increased unemployment rate. These enterprises, which are crucial in job creation, fail to overcome supply chain challenges due to the lack of resources and poor management. The failure of these enterprises has increased the need for sound frameworks and approaches to be developed. Supply chain risk management is one of the strategies that assist enterprises in the identification, assessment and control of supply chain risks. With the increased dynamics and complexity of supply chain risks for small and medium enterprises, an innovative approach in analysing these risks is required. The purpose of this research is to assess supply chain risk management in  a  small and medium enterprise  case  using soft systems methodology.The systems thinking approach will assist in the analysis of the dynamics and complexity of supply chain risks for small and medium enterprises. A qualitative approach will be utilised to obtain insight into current issues that small and medium enterprises, in the manufacturing sector, face within the supply chain.


Full Text: PDF


Add comment