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Chinese Journal of Management Science ›› 2022, Vol. 30 ›› Issue (11): 1-7.doi: 10.16381/j.cnki.issn1003-207x.2022.11.001

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Supply Chain Resilience: Adapting to Complexity—Based on the Perspective of Complex System Thinking

SHENG Zhao-han1, WANG Hai-yan2, HU Zhi-hua3   

  1. 1. School of Management and Engineering, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093, China;2. School of Economics and Management, Southeast University, Nanjing, 211189, China;3. Logistics Research Center, Shanghai Maritime University, Shanghai 201306, China
  • Received:2022-10-04 Revised:2022-10-12 Online:2022-11-20 Published:2022-11-28
  • Contact: 王海燕 E-mail:hywang@seu.edu.cn

Abstract: Building a resilient supply chain has risen from a concern at the enterprise level to a strategy at the industry, regional and national levels, and has become an important means to cope with the complex situation of current social and economic development. It is also an important means to improve the national security and competitiveness. On the basis of expounding that supply chain is a complex adaptive system of social multi center sharing and co-governance, it is pointed out that supply chain resilience is a sign of the ability of the behavior and function of the supply chain system to adapt to the complex changes of the environment as a whole. The complex integrity attribute of supply chain resilience requires us to form new research paradigms and methodologies through the paradigm shift of complex system thinking. The academic value of supply chain resilience theory is not mainly aimed at conventional problems, but depends on whether it is effective and efficient in dealing with supply chain instability, risk, emergency, functional degradation and other resilience crises. Supply chain resilience has a specific real world. To explain, analyze and reveal the complex phenomena and objective laws of supply chain resilience, it is pointed to pay full attention to the uniqueness and discourse context of the supply chain. No two realistic supply chain resilience mechanisms are identical. Supply chain resilience is a big and difficult problem in the field of supply chain research today, which has important academic frontiers, reality and challenges. It should be oriented and rooted in the rich practical soil of supply chain management in China, and consolidate the research foundation from the basic academic system, theoretical system and discourse system, rather than being too tied by the “disruption” and “no disruption” in the initial definition of supply chain resilience.

Key words: supply chain resilience; complex system management; thinking paradigm

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