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Supply Chain Security Measures - The Business Perspective

Magdalena Jażdżewska-Gutta

A chapter in Innovative Methods in Logistics and Supply Chain Management: Current Issues and Emerging Practices, 2014, pp 225-248 from Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), Institute of Business Logistics and General Management

Abstract: Since 2001, supply chain security has become a vital issue for governments, international organizations, many business entities and scientific research. The governments and international organizations have introduced many regulations in order to make the trade flows more visible and protect them from unauthorized access. However, from the point of view of business sector, these regulations have sometimes a negative impact on supply chain activities. What is more, they are aimed mainly at protection from terrorism and smuggling of weapons of mass destruction, while the companies need protection in different areas, such as thefts in transit. The aim of the study is to investigate the perceptions of managers on supply chain security threats and regulations, and to analyze the activities of the companies in the area of supply chain security management. The research is based on a survey conducted among 1200 exporters and importers from Germany and Poland. The survey reveals rather low awareness of security issues and that not many companies apply supply chain security measures. If they do, this is usually determined by customers and industry factors. They employ mainly reactive measures, such as buying insurance. Not many companies are interested in security certification. There are however some differences in the perceptions of German and Polish managers. The paper analyses these differences and proposes some measures that could be applied in order to protect the supply chains.

Keywords: transport chain security; supply chain security; supply chain security management; supply chain regulations (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
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