Increasing market variability and globalization are drivers that generate great supply chain complexity, moving us towards a view where inter-firm relationships are embedded in complex supply networks. Despite the awareness of the importance of understanding the real structure, the complete picture of a real-life supply network has remained remarkably elusive mainly due to the difficulties in acquiring comprehensive empirical data sets. This study presents novel date that characterizes the Toyota supply network, and provide a thorough analysis of its structure, by employing concepts/metrics developed through complex network science. The analysis enabled us to grasp a hitherto unobtainable insight into the robustness of the network.
|Translated title of the contribution||Structural robustness of real-world supply chains: A complex network approach|
|Publication status||Published - 2013|
|MoE publication type||A1 Journal article-refereed|