Causes of Supply Chain Disruptions

An Empirical Analysis in Cold Chains for Food and Pharmaceuticals

  • Verena Brenner

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVI
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  5. Back Matter
    Pages 277-323

About this book


Verena Brenner provides a systematic approach for the investigation, measurement, and management of supply chain disruptions. A terminological, theoretical and practical basis for the analysis of supply chain disruptions is developed to create a consistent and transferable research framework. To better understand why certain supply chains are more susceptible to disruptions than others, this framework is then tested empirically in cold chain logistics. Based on a survey with approximately 60 supply chain specialists from production, distribution and retail of food and pharmaceuticals, drivers for resilience and vulnerability of supply chains are identified by comparing how partnerships and transactions were organized. Thereby, strategies for assuring the robustness of supply chains are depicted and connections to company-internal risk management are highlighted.


  • Measuring Disruptions in Supply Chains
  • Analyzing Causes of Supply Chain Disruptions
  • Challenges in Food and Pharmaceutical Logistics
  • Evidence on Disruptions in Cold Chains

Target Groups

  • Researchers and students in the fields of logistics, supply chain management, and business administration
  • Practitioners in the fields of logistics, quality management, and business continuity management

The Author

Dr. Verena Brenner completed her PhD at Jacob University Bremen gGmbH under the supervision of Professor Dr. Michael Hülsmann at the Faculty of International Logistics.


Cold Chain Logistics Food Chains Resilience Retail of Food Retail of Pharmazeuticals

Authors and affiliations

  • Verena Brenner
    • 1
  1. 1.HannoverGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer Gabler, Wiesbaden
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics
  • Print ISBN 978-3-658-08661-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-658-08662-6
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