This qualitative approach differentiates the study in focus from previous other studies on supply chain vulnerabilities in firms, which have been, in contrast, largely quantitative. As noted in the study, the key findings and insights related to subcontractors working in the automotive industry, and its perception of supply chain vulnerabilities. The perceptions have been judged as limited and narrow tends to myopia, and tends to be vertical in orientation, when it comes to viewing the primary areas of concern. The same holds for the same kinds of firms when it comes to viewing the causes of the supply chain vulnerabilities, as well as to making contingency plans to deal with the supply chain vulnerabilities as they are perceived in the supply chains, both downstream and upstream (Svensson, 2004, p. 728).
The study notes that vulnerability arises out of the inevitable dependencies that are born out of companies' activities becoming interdependent in terms of relationships and functions. These, in turn, arise from radical business needs for efficiency, cost savings, and sustainable profitability. Where such concerns overwhelm companies along the supply chain, then it is inevitable that the dependencies multiply from the commencement point to the point of release of final output. Key Areas, Causes And Contingency Planning Of Corporate Vulnerability In Supply Chains.
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