Supply chain complexity drivers and solution methods

Sujan Piya, Ahm Shamsuzzoha, Mohammad Khadem, Mahmoud Al-Kindi

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Increased globalization, shorter product life cycle and rapid technological advancement in the manufacturing as well as service industry necessitates the company to have multiple supply chain partners. The partnership may be physical or virtual, thus making the chain more challenging and complex to manage. Therefore, the present supply chain network is characterized by its complexity, which requires proper management and strategy for its mitigation. In addition, the dynamic world in this complex supply chain system demands the manager to make faster and efficient decision. To manage the overall supply chain complexity and to make an efficient decision it is important that the manager understand the associated complex interactions within a supply chain, as well as, proper solution method to mitigate them. In this paper, generic supply chain complexity drivers are identified through literature survey and expert opinion. These drivers are then classified according to their origin. Finally, solutions methods are proposed to manage complexity in supply chain.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-50
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Supply Chain Management
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Complexity drivers
  • Solution method
  • Supply chain
  • Supply chain complexity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management Information Systems
  • Information Systems
  • Information Systems and Management


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