Risks in supply chain networks


Johannes Goellner (Center of Risk & Crises Management & University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU Wien),Vienna, Austria)
Gerald Quirchmayr (University of South Australia, School of Information Technology & Mathematical Sciences & University of Vienna, Multimedia Information Systems Research Group, Vienna, Austria)
Manfred Gronalt (University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Institute of Production and Logistics, Vienna, Austria)
Thomas Wallner (University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, Steyr, Austria)


Paper session and invited speakers

Call for papers

Awareness and occurrences of risk in supply chain networks or/and in supply chain management have become more acute during the last decades. Research, development and standardization for risk management in global interacting supply chain networks have acquired a significant role. The discussion of robustness in supply chain network is an ongoing discussion, especially in relation to how future supply chain network-infrastructures should be structured, centralized or decentralized. A further factor of primary interest and in some cases even vital importance is the discourse of all horizontally and vertically integrated interactions and dependencies between the different supply chain networks for providing uninterrupted services in the future. This has a direct influence on the development and the use of future smart solutions options.

Consequently, society and economy (enterprises, governments, NGOs and individuals) have to:

  • develop a robust interaction mechanism for controlling increasingly complex and interdependent supply chain networks in relation to global, supranational, regional and local supply relevance and density under resilient conditions;
  • predict and anticipate potential disruptions of central and decentralized supply chain networks in relation to potential events, space, time and level of abstraction in order to design adequate avoidance and mitigation strategies, and emergency plans both for the public and the private sector based on accumulated knowledge and empirical best-practices;
  • provide robust, and reliable communication and logistics for all involved stakeholders, especially for the purpose of adequate status information.

Future risk analysis of supply chains should support and improve the above activities, sometimes in ways not anticipated before. The risk analysis concepts, models and methods should ideally allow for the speedy aggregation and presentation of data, information and knowledge supported by effective and efficient communications in new ways, offering improved systemic interpretation, assessment and decisions.

This symposium intends to trigger an interdisciplinary exchange of ideas by including participants with different viewpoints and experience, such as practitioners, system scientists, researchers, supply chain [network]-specialists, as well as human factors and IT specialists. We call for contributions that take an interdisciplinary, systemic view on risks in supply chain management and supply chain networks, provide solutions for some of the problems listed above and attempt to identify similarities, analogies, and differences, thereby furthering cross-disciplinary learning and application.

Potential subtopics (not excluding others) are:

  • Subtopic 1: Cascades and Design in/of complex supply chain networks.
  • Subtopic 2: Risk models and meta models.
  • Subtopic 3: supply chain risks in smart solutions.
  • Subtopic 4: Risk in financial networks.
  • Subtopic 5: IT & network resilience.
  • Subtopic 6: Knowledge development & decision support.
  • Subtopic 7: Critical infrastructure risks.
  • Subtopic 8: Industrial applications, especially in the chemical industry, insurance companies, transport & logistics, finance, strategic resource planning, information and communication technology & energy, architecture & urban planning, information and big data analysis and network analysis.

The symposium will consist of presentations, panels and plenary discussions. In order to promote dialogue between the participants, ample time will be reserved for discussion.

Target groups

Researcher and Practitioners, Risk Manager, Supply Chain Manager, Innovation Manager, Systems Engineers, Information & Knowledge Manager, Network Analysts, Chief Executive Officers, Smart Solution Designer, Operations Research Manager, Urban Planning Engineers & Architects.