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Rönkkö, P., Isopoussu, A., Majava, J., & Kauppila, O. (2021). An Ability to Survive Disruptions: Findings from Three Finnish Manufacturing Companies’ Supply Challenges during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Managing Global Transitions, 19(2), 105–126.

An ability to survive disruptions : findings from three Finnish manufacturing companies’ supply challenges during the covid-19 pandemic

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Author: Rönkkö, Pasi1; Majava, Jukka1; Isopoussu, Aleksi1;
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, Finland
2Luleå University of Technology, Sweden
Format: article
Version: published version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: University of Primorska Press, 2021
Publish Date: 2021-08-16


Being multinational and complex, global supply chains may be extremely vulnerable to sudden crises, such as the recent covid-19 pandemic. In addition to issues related to the health and lives of people, the pandemic has also had negative impacts on supply chains, and many companies dependent on them have been struggling. The ability to recover from disruptions is called resilience. In this study, the resilience of supply chains is evaluated by studying three globally operating Finnish b2b manufacturing companies during the covid-19 pandemic. The empirical research was conducted by interviewing the companies’ supply chain and purchasing operations representatives, analysing the results and comparing the results to the literature. As a result, essential methods to survive during crises and increase the resilience of supply chains were discovered. The results can be utilised in preparing for future crises.

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Series: Managing global transitions
ISSN: 1581-6311
ISSN-E: 1854-6935
ISSN-L: 1581-6311
Volume: 19
Issue: 2
Pages: 105 - 126
DOI: 10.26493/1854-6935.19.105-12
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 222 Other engineering and technologies
Funding: This study is a part of the Reboot IoT Factory project.We also thank Business Finland and other project funders.
Copyright information: © 2021 The Authors. Creative Commons CC BY-SA 4.0 licence.