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Type: Journal article
Title: A complex adaptive systems governance framework for regional supply networks
Author: Statsenko, L.
Gorod, A.
Ireland, V.
Citation: Supply Chain Management, 2018; 23(4):293-312
Publisher: Emerald Publishing
Issue Date: 2018
ISSN: 1359-8546
Statement of
Larissa Statsenko, Alex Gorod, Vernon Ireland
Abstract: Purpose: This paper aims to propose an empirically grounded governance framework based on complex adaptive systems (CAS) principles to facilitate formation of well-connected regional supply chains that foster economic development, adaptability and resilience of mining regions. Design/methodology/approach: This study is an exploratory case study of the South Australian (SA) mining industry that includes 38 semi-structured interviews with the key stakeholders and structural analysis of the regional supply network (RSN). Findings: Findings demonstrate the applicability of the CAS framework as a structured approach to the governance of the mining industry regional supply chains. In particular, the findings exemplify the relationship between RSN governance, its structure and interconnectivity and their combined impact on the adaptability and resilience of mining regions. Research limitations/implications: The data set analysed in the current study is static. Longitudinal data would permit a deeper insight into the evolution of the RSN structure and connectivity. The validity of the proposed framework could be further strengthened by being applied to other industrial domains and geographical contexts. Practical/implications: The proposed framework offers a novel insight for regional policy-makers striving to create an environment that facilitates the formation of well-integrated regional supply chains in mining regions through more focussed policy and strategies. Originality/value The proposed framework is one of the first attempts to offer a holistic structured approach to governance of the regional supply chains based on CAS principles. With the current transformative changes in the global mining industry, policy-makers and supply chain practitioners have an urgent need to embrace CAS and network paradigms to remain competitive in the twenty-first century.
Keywords: Australia; supply chain management; governance; complex adaptive systems; case studies; network organization; regional supply network; mining regions
Rights: © Emerald Publishing Limited 2018
RMID: 0030095385
DOI: 10.1108/SCM-08-2017-0279
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