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Sean Naughton, Ismail Golgeci & Ahmad Arslan (2020) Supply chain agility as an acclimatisation process to environmental uncertainty and organisational vulnerabilities: insights from British SMEs, Production Planning & Control, 31:14, 1164-1177, DOI: 10.1080/09537287.2019.1701130

Supply chain agility as an acclimatisation process to environmental uncertainty and organisational vulnerabilities : insights from British SMEs

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Author: Naughton, Sean1; Golgeci, Ismail2; Arslan, Ahmad3
Organizations: 1Business School, Edge Hill University, Lancashire, United Kingdom
2Department of Business Development and Technology, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University, Denmark
3Department of Marketing, Management & International Business, Oulu Business School, University of Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Informa, 2020
Publish Date: 2020-12-10


Even though supply chain agility (SCA) has been considered an essential concept in supply chain management (SCM) research, the way it is experienced and manifested, especially by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), has received much less attention. Our purpose is to focus on SME organisational vulnerabilities in the context of increased environmental uncertainty, and explore how SCA is developed and applied by SMEs amid their vulnerabilities. By relying on insights from comparative case studies of three British SMEs, we examine SME SCA as an acclimatisation process and delve into SMEs’ experiences of facing environmental uncertainty while developing and applying SCA. Our findings highlight that organisational attitudes underlie how SMEs perceive environmental uncertainty, tackle organisational vulnerabilities and develop SCA as an acclimatisation process. Our findings also reveal that resource constraints, supply chain relationships, interorganisational power dynamics, and access to information play important roles in developing SCA.

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Series: Production planning & control
ISSN: 0953-7287
ISSN-E: 1366-5871
ISSN-L: 0953-7287
Volume: 31
Issue: 14
Pages: 1164 - 1177
DOI: 10.1080/09537287.2019.1701130
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 512 Business and management
Copyright information: © 2019 Informa UK Limited. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Production Planning & Control on 10 Dec 2019, available online: