Self-healing Supply Networks: A Complex Adaptive Systems Perspective

  • Philip Cordes
  • Michael Hülsmann
Part of the Lecture Notes in Logistics book series (LNLO)


This paper aims for a logical deductive literature-based generation of hypotheses regarding the robustness of complex adaptive logistics systems (CALS) based on self-healing processes. Therefore, the increasing necessity for supply networks to gain and maintain robustness in order to ensure a high reliability of their logistics services is shown. Additionally, the concept of CALS is presented in order to deduce the outcomes that result from a technology-based increase of the CALS characteristics. Finally, a set of hypotheses is developed that link the outcomes of CALS with the evolvement of self-healing processes in supply networks in order to deduce implications for their robustness. Hence, a starting point for further empirical and simulation-based research is presented, on which basis an operationalization of the outcomes of CALS and their self-healing abilities can be conducted.


Supply Chain Supply Chain Management Logistics System Supply Network Complex Adaptive System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department Systems ManagementJacobs University BremenBremenGermany
  2. 2.Systems Management, International Logistics – School of Engineering and ScienceJacobs University BremenBremenGermany

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