Supply Risk Management: Summarizing Where Things Go Wrong

This post is based on the following FreeMarkets white paper (published in 2003) co-authored by Jason Busch and Mark Clouse, Global Supply Management: Strategies for Identifying and Managing Supply Risk. I recently dusted off the paper for my own research into supplier relationship management and found an analysis that was nearly every bit as relevant then as now. Enjoy! And since it’s not available online, drop us an email if you’d like a copy.

Today, we're examining the types of supply risk companies face and the business drivers behind each. Based upon our analysis and experience in working with companies across thousands of sourcing and supply management projects, we’ve grouped supply risk into five major types: strategy risk, demand risk, market risk, implementation risk, and performance risk.

Supply risk chart

Curious? Drop Sydney a line ( and we’ll send you out a copy of this dusty old analysis! Some topics are timeless. And supply risk is one of them.

See additional Spend Matters research coverage below:

Beyond Bird Flu 2.0 – Inoculate Your Supply Base Against Supply Chain Risk

The Policy Supply Chain: Conflict Minerals and Preparing for Mandated Ethical Sourcing

“Be Smart About” – Supplier Information Management Solutions (Part 1)

Procurement Visibility and Insights – Supply Chain Transparency

Supply Performance Management – Introduction

Supply Performance Management: Critical For Procurement Measurement

Re-thinking and Re-claiming “Tail Spend”

Prime Contractors – Sensible Procurement Tool or Soft Option?

Prime Contractors: Sensible Procurement Skill or Soft Option (Part 2)

Offsets, Local Content, and Supplier Information Management

Offsets, Local Content and Supplier Information Management (Part 2)

Also see related posts in this series:

Supply Risk Management: Exploring Supply-Side Risk Factors and Macro Contributing Trends

Supplier Management: Supply Risk Defined Over the Decades

Supply Risk Management: A Timeless Procurement Focus

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