Researchers' Perspectives on Supply Chain Risk Management
Article first published online: 28 JUN 2011
© 2011 Production and Operations Management Society
Production and Operations Management
Volume 21, Issue 1, pages 1–13, January-February 2012
How to Cite
Sodhi, M. S., Son, B.-G. and Tang, C. S. (2012), Researchers' Perspectives on Supply Chain Risk Management. Production and Operations Management, 21: 1–13. doi: 10.1111/j.1937-5956.2011.01251.x
- Issue published online: 5 JAN 2012
- Article first published online: 28 JUN 2011
- History: Received: December 2009; Accepted: January 2011 by Ananth Raman, after 2 revisions.
- supply chain risk management;
- researcher survey;
- literature review;
- research agenda
Supply chain risk management (SCRM) is a nascent area emerging from a growing appreciation for supply chain risk by practitioners and by researchers. However, there is diverse perception of research in supply chain risk because these researchers have approached this area from different domains. This paper presents our study of this diversity from the perspectives of operations and supply chain management scholars: First, we reviewed the researchers' output, i.e., the recent research literature. Next, we surveyed two focus groups (members of Supply Chain Thought Leaders and International SCRM groups) with open-ended questions. Finally, we surveyed operations and supply chain management researchers during the 2009 INFORMS meeting in San Diego. Our findings characterize the diversity in terms of three “gaps”: a definition gap in how researchers define SCRM, a process gap in terms of inadequate coverage of response to risk incidents, and a methodology gap in terms of inadequate use of empirical methods. We also list ways to close these gaps as suggested by the researchers.