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Resilience of Small-Series Production Models: Insights From EU Apparel Industry During Covid-19
University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business. (Textile Value Chain Management (TVCM))ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6727-7168
University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business. (Textile Value Chain Management (TVCM))ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2015-6275
2022 (English)In: Proceedings of the 26th International Symposium on Logistics: The Journey to Sustainable Supply Chains, 2022Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
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Abstract [en]

Purpose of this paper:

While strategies like nearshoring, digitalization and small order sizes are expected to support resilience in the textile and apparel industry, literature suggests complex implications of small-series production in high-cost contexts on risk exposure. The purpose of the paper is to understand the how supply network configuration related to small-series production models influence resilience, in EU’s textile and apparel industry amidst COVID-19.

 

Design/methodology/approach:

A multiple case study is presented, with data collected through semi-structured interviews with seven case companies representing different types of small-series production models. The analysis of risk exposure draws from supply network configuration literature, to identify the implications of small-series production model structures and reconfigurations on resilience.

 

Findings:

Product and operations characteristics are more often resilience enablers, whereas priorities/performance (sustainability, innovation, delivery), and supply chains (relationships, locations) can both enable and impede resilience in the face of both external and internal supply chain risks. These findings thus confirm the benefits of such small-series production models for mitigating, adapting to, and withstanding risks emerging from COVID-19 situation.

 

Value:

The supply network configuration-based framework adopted in the study enabled analysis of the implications of small-series production and its configuration on resilience (and associated risk exposure), which can support future reconfigurations.

 

Research limitations/implications:

Future research can complement this study with quantitative measures of resilience, and comparisons with other industry and location contexts. Additionally, in-depth case studies can address how companies balance positive and negative impacts of small-series supply network configuration on resilience.

 

Practical implications:

Managers can be aware of enabling and challenging effects of small-series production model priorities and performance goals, location and relationships, when configuring or reconfiguring structures in response to risks.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2022.
Keywords [en]
Supply chain resilience, Supply network configuration, Small-series production, High-cost contexts
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Textiles and Fashion (General)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-28387OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-28387DiVA, id: diva2:1693087
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ISL 2022
Projects
Fashion Big Data Business Model (FBD_BModel)
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EU, Horizon 2020, 761122Available from: 2022-09-05 Created: 2022-09-05 Last updated: 2022-09-19Bibliographically approved

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Harper, SaraPal, Rudrajeet

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