Scrutinising the Interplay between Governance and Resilience in Supply Chain Management: A Systems Thinking Framework

Naoum Tsolakis, Dimitris Zissis, Benny Tjahjono

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Supply chain disruptions recurrently challenge end-to-end operations owing to the ambiguous understanding of the role of governance in impacting supply network resilience. This paper scrutinises the relevant literature to understand the plethora of interpretations in supply chain governance and resilience while further providing a new perspective on the representation of the interplay between governance and resilience in supply chains. In this regard, the Systems Thinking lens is adopted to pull together the typologies and constructs of supply chain governance and resilience from the literature. Methodologically, System Dynamics modelling principles are leveraged to capture the underpinning structural interdependencies in a causal loop diagram. The study reveals that endogenous and exogenous supply chain governance processes and mechanisms support the intrinsic and extrinsic resilience in networks. Overall, this research contributes to the supply chain risk management domain by synthesising the interplay between governance and resilience, identifying pertinent typologies, and articulating research propositions that can inform decision-making at policy and management levels.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)164-180
Number of pages17
JournalEuropean Management Journal
Issue number1
Early online date8 Nov 2021
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2023

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We are indebted to the two anonymous referees and the Associate Editor for their comments and suggestions that helped improve the context and the presentation of the material in the paper. The authors also acknowledge Dr. N. Korfiatis for his comments on an earlier version of this work. This research has been supported by the “Integrated Operations Center for Providing Humanitarian Assistance” project (acronym: HELP) – The HELP project has been co-funded by the European Union and by National Funds of the Countries participating in the Interreg IPA CBC Programme “Greece–Republic of North Macedonia 2014-2020” and has been implemented by the International Hellenic University, The Hellenic Ministry of Interior (Sector of Macedonia-Thrace), the Center for Development of the South-East Region, the Hellenic Rescue Team and the Crisis Management Center.


  • Governance
  • Resilience
  • Supply chain risk management
  • System dynamics
  • Systems thinking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management


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