Supply Chain Resiliency by Design: Creating an Invisible Factory

Matthew Liotine

Professor and Strategic Advisor at University of Illinois at Chicago / BLR Research

Learning Objectives

Disruptions are pervasive threats to business operations. Enterprises often view formal resiliency planning efforts with less priority versus mainstream integrated business planning. As a result, enterprises are usually unprepared and even blindsided by unforeseen adverse events whose impacts can ultimately burden their bottom lines. In this presentation, we cover the key attributes of resiliency and the types of planning that are most appropriate for various levels of supply chain recovery. We overview the resiliency assessment and planning process, and how plans can be readily shaped around the orchestration of several key operational components. By understanding these fundamental aspects of resiliency planning, you and your team will be on the road to building effective resiliency plans.

Key Takeaways:

  • Resiliency planning need not be a complex, time consuming and overwhelming process as it may seem

  • Embedding safeguards intrinsically within routine practices is one of the most effective ways to realize supply chain resiliency

  • Elevating resiliency planning as a continual business activity and integrating it within mainstream processes can successfully stem risks from disruptions