Critical factors for achieving supply chain agility: Towards a comprehensive taxonomy

Mohamad Sadegh Sangari, Jafar Razmi, Angappa Gunasekaran

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Supply chain agility is now widely recognised as a key determinant of competitiveness and survival in today's dynamic and turbulent business environment. However, the problem of achieving agility in supply chain is still largely unresolved. This paper aims to contribute towards the development of a comprehensive taxonomy of the factors that are critical to have a truly agile supply chain. A substantial body of research literature is analysed using a systematic, inductive approach based on grounded theory (GT) to identify the critical factors. Overall, 12 categories of critical factors for achieving supply chain agility are developed and validated through a quantitative survey of supply chain experts from the automotive industry. A ranking of the factors is also established based on their relative criticality. From the findings, an integrative framework is proposed as a reference for the development of supply chain agility.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)290-310
Number of pages21
JournalInternational Journal of Industrial and Systems Engineering
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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