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A Systematic Literature Review of Supply Chain Resilience in Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs): A call for further research

Bak, Ozlem; Shaw, Sarah; Colicchia, Claudia; Kumar, Vikas


Ozlem Bak

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Dr Sarah Shaw
Senior Lecturer in Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Claudia Colicchia

Vikas Kumar


With the increased disruptions faced by businesses and the occurrence of natural disasters in the world, supply chain resilience remains a major challenge especially for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Despite the relevance of SMEs to the economy, there is limited scholarly work on resilience practices in SMEs and a limited understanding of how SMEs can achieve resilience. To understand the role of supply chain resilience in SMEs, we undertook a Systematic Literature Review (SLR), which resulted in the identification and analysis of 101 journal articles, published between 2006 and 2019, on SME supply chain resilience. Our analysis into SME supply chain resilience highlighted four focal areas: (1) the role of collaboration and culture; (2) the role of SMEs’ capabilities; (3) the role of Information Systems; and (4) the role of cost and financing. Our SLR investigation identified future research directions and focal areas tailored to SMEs to help them to assess and develop their supply chain resilience.


Bak, O., Shaw, S., Colicchia, C., & Kumar, V. (in press). A Systematic Literature Review of Supply Chain Resilience in Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs): A call for further research. IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management,

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 23, 2020
Deposit Date Aug 8, 2020
Publicly Available Date Oct 27, 2022
Journal IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management
Print ISSN 0018-9391
Publisher Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Keywords Resilience; Supply chain resilience; Small medium enterprise (SME); Supply chain management; Systematic literature review
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