Global Supply Chain Security

Emerging Topics in Research, Practice and Policy

  • Andrew R. Thomas
  • Sebastian Vaduva

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Jon S. Helmick
    Pages 17-34
  3. John Harrison
    Pages 35-54
  4. Mark H. Beaudry
    Pages 55-67
  5. Jon M. Loffi, Ryan J. Wallace, Edward L. Harris
    Pages 69-80
  6. Mohammad Karimbocus
    Pages 81-97
  7. Charlotte Franklin, Kiersten Todt
    Pages 117-131
  8. Hussein H. Abbas, Abd El Halim Omar Abd El Halim
    Pages 163-180
  9. Wade R. Rose, Steven A. Murphy
    Pages 181-202

About this book


This volume presents new theoretical insights, practical strategies, and policy initiatives in the rapidly evolving field of global supply chain security. As businesses, governments, and society at large have become increasingly dependent on a global network to provide goods and services, protecting global supply chains has become an issue of vital importance for industries, nations, and regions.  The "supply chain" encompasses all the links connecting a manufacturer to end users of its products. Links may take the form of plants, supplier warehouses, vendor facilities, ports or hubs, retail warehouses or facilities, and outbound shipping centers. Links also involve all the ways goods are moved—by truck, ship, airplane, or rail car.

A great deal can go wrong in the supply chain due to company or systemic mismanagement and inefficiency, criminal activity, employee or technology errors, or terrorism, to name just a few of the threats. Then there are government regulation, industry or association oversight, and security agencies (both public and private) keeping track. Globalization, stricter security regimes, and increasingly sophisticated criminal activity have made cross-border cargo movements more complex, putting the integrity of end-to-end supply chains at much greater risk. This is why the security of the supply chain has become such an important issue for business people: there is too much at stake to let problems proliferate or stagnate. It has been estimated, for example, that thieves now steal $50 billion in goods each year from various points along the supply chain.

Synthesizing the most current research, practical application, and policy, Global Supply Chain Security covers a  range of emerging topics—from risk assessment to technology deployment to continuity planning—and will serve as a useful resource for anyone concerned with supply chain security issues, including scholars, students, business executives and policymakers.


Continuity Planning Disaster Planning Logistics Risk Assessment Risk Management Supply Chain Supply Chain Management Supply Chain Security Terrorism Transportation Security

Editors and affiliations

  • Andrew R. Thomas
    • 1
  • Sebastian Vaduva
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Akron College of Business AdministrationAkronUSA
  2. 2.Emanuel University of OradeaOradeaRomania

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4939-2177-5
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4939-2178-2
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