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Local water stress impacts on global supply chains: Network configuration and natural capital perspectives

Yatskovskaya, E and Srai, JS and Kumar, M (2016) Local water stress impacts on global supply chains: Network configuration and natural capital perspectives. Journal of Advances in Management Research, 13. pp. 368-391.

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$\textbf{Purpose}$ – This paper proposes a novel resource availability assessment for supply chain configuration. This approach involves understanding of both local resource availability and the demand-side implications of supplying global/regional markets as part of a more holistic supply chain design activity incorporating local environmental factors. $\textbf{Design/methodology/approach}$ - The proposed framework was derived from literature analysis, bridging relevant literature domains – Natural Capital theory, Industrial Ecology, and Supply Chain configuration - in order to develop design rules for future resource constrained industrial systems. In order to test the proposed framework exploratory case study, based on secondary data, was conducted. $\textbf{Findings}$ – Research findings suggest that this approach might better identify relationships and vulnerabilities between natural resource availability and the viability of regional/global supply chains. Our research suggests that natural resource availability depends upon three elements – local resource consumption, global resource demand, and external environmental factors. $\textbf{Research limitations}$ – The framework has two main limitations. The current work is focused only on a single industry case study used to exemplify the approach. Secondly, the framework does not consider other possible industries, which might enter or leave the specific location during the company’s operation. Furthermore, no assessment was made of migration of populations within the area. $\textbf{Practical implications}$ – For practitioners, such as those in the agri-food sector, the resource availability assessment framework informs supply chain configuration design. For policymakers, the research aims to provide policy guidelines, which can help to improve water saving strategies for a particular region. At a broader societal level, the research raises awareness of resource scarcity amongst industrial players and the wider public. $\textbf{Originality/value}$ – A resource availability assessment framework has been proposed, suggesting that the dynamics of both global and local resource demand, in conjunction with changing local environmental factors, can over time significantly deteriorate a firm’s natural resource impact on the local environment. Thus, the framework seeks to deliver mechanisms to evaluate potential vulnerabilities and solutions available to firms through a more proactive supply chain design method and apply reconfiguration processes that account for natural resources, based primarily on network and resource attributes.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: global supply chains local resource availability supply chain configuration natural capital theory
Divisions: Div E > Manufacturing Systems
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2017 19:56
Last Modified: 27 Jul 2017 05:29