SUNConferences, 27th Annual Conference of the SA Institute for Industrial Engineering

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Investigating and Evaluating the Influence of Supply Chain Structure on Supply Chain Risk
Zehrah Sayed, Bernadette Sunjka

Last modified: 2016-09-27


Supply chains are exposed to disruptions resulting from internal or external factors, that hinder the performance of 1 or more of its constituent entities. An explorative study was conducted to determine if supply chain structure (SCS) influences supply chain risk (SCR), in the context of South African Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). Thematic content analysis was applied to 4 Gauteng-based manufacturing SMEs’ (SMMEs’) case data, and summarised into a literature-developed, conceptual structure-risk framework.


Results indicate that SCS does influence SCR. Investment into facility infrastructure and supplier relationships appear to be the most influencing features. Further, SCS affects operational and financial risk of the firm. These risks drive the SMEs’ strategy and reputation, consequently driving the corresponding risk dimensions (i.e. strategic and fame risks). These findings are limited and may not be generalised to all South African SMEs.


Supply Chain Risk