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  • Stephan M. Wagner Ph.D.,

    1. Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich
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    • Stephan M. Wagner (Ph.D. University of St. Gallen, Switzerland) is Professor and holds the Chair of Logistics Management at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich. Prior, he served on the faculty of WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management, Vallendar, Germany. Prior to joining academia, he worked for 10 years as senior manager for an international top-management consulting firm and as head of supply chain management for a Swiss-based technology group. He has conducted research on supply chain risk for several years and investigated, for example, risks in supplier management, supplier default dependencies, or supply chain vulnerability. Recently he acquired research funds from the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology to develop a Supply Chain Risk Management Navigator for medium sized enterprises.

  • Christoph Bode Dipl.-Wi.-Ing.

    1. WHU—Otto Beisheim School of Management
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    • Christoph Bode (Dipl.-Wi.-Ing. University of Karlsruhe, Germany) is a Doctoral Student at WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management, Vallendar, Germany. He has published several scholarly articles and book chapters and gave presentations on supply chain risk issues on international academic conferences in Berlin, Brussels, Hamburg, Karlsruhe, Long Beach, San Diego, and Tempe. In his doctoral project he empirically investigates supply chain design issues across various countries.


This research operationalizes several supply chain risk sources and investigates their relationships with supply chain performance. The responses of 760 executives from firms operating in Germany reveal that demand side and supply side risks do have a negative impact on performance whereas regulatory, legal and bureaucratic risks, infrastructure risks, as well as catastrophic risks do not. The analysis and results augment previous research regarding the impact of supply chain risks on the operational performance of firms and shareholder value and provide a detailed analysis of supply chain risk sources as contextual variables in strategic decision-making.