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dc.contributor.authorYaroson, Emilia V.*
dc.contributor.authorBreen, Liz*
dc.contributor.authorMatthias, Olga*
dc.date.accessioned2017-10-31T10:41:14Z
dc.date.available2017-10-31T10:41:14Z
dc.date.issued2017
dc.identifier.citationYaroson E, Breen L and Matthias O (2017) An evaluation of the applicability of complex adaptive system theory in the pharmaceutical supply chain. 22nd Logistics Research Network Conference, 6th to 8th September 2017 at Southampton Solent University.CILT(UK).
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10454/13586
dc.descriptionYes
dc.description.abstractPurpose: The aim of this research is to evaluate if the Complex Adaptive Systems theory can be used to explain resilience strategies within the pharmaceutical supply chain Research Approach: An in depth review of literature surrounding resilience in the pharmaceutical supply chain. In order to pursue this study agenda, data was collected from Scopus, the largest peer review journal as well as EBSCOhost. The PRISMA guideline was adopted in the systematic review process where 34 peer reviewed papers in the field of CAS, supply chain and supply chain resilience were identified with respect to methodologies employed, location of the study and approaches. Findings and Originality: The systematic review of literature shows that there are inherent similarities between the concept of resilience and the CAS theory. The CAS theory explains that PSC’s are dynamic, have emergent behaviours complex, adaptive, interconnected as well as possess schemas that regulate their operations. Hence if resilience strategies are to be employed to mitigate disruptive events they need to be harnessed in a manner to fit this particular supply chain. This work is innovative as it provides a new insight into the contemporary discourse on resilience strategy creation and deployment, examining the use of this theory in the PSC, and thus provides original contribution. Research Impact: This study contributes to the existing literature base, by providing theoretical underpinnings in the area of resilience and the pharmaceutical supply chain. This furthers the CAS agenda, SCR agenda and also presents an innovative output which warrants more detailed analysis and feasibility testing. Practical Impact: Complexity principles are multi-scaled and multi-domain and as such the suggestions put forward in this theoretical framework can be adopted in various supply chain networks as well as disruptive events. It provides new insights with regards to structures for managers seeking to design and improve resilience supply chains, a key element of which is the adoption of a holistic analysis by SC managers when developing resilience strategies. This is critical if disruptions are to be identified and mitigated before their impact is felt.
dc.language.isoen
dc.rights© 2017 CILT(UK). Reproduced with permission and in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
dc.subjectPharmaceutical supply chain
dc.subjectComplex Adaptive Systems theory
dc.subjectSupply chain resilience
dc.titleAn evaluation of the applicability of complex adaptive system theory in the pharmaceutical supply chain
dc.status.refereedNo
dc.typeConference paper
dc.type.versionAccepted manuscript
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refterms.dateFOA2018-07-29T03:23:18Z
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