How to improve both supply chain resilience and sustainability?

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Type and Duration

PhD-Thesis, since September 2021


Hilti Chair of Business Process Management

Main Research

Business Process Management


While supply networks are increasingly global, multitiered and complex, the pressure to enhance their resilience and sustainability keeps increasing. To support the sustainable improvement of supply chain resilience, the dissertation project firstly aims at analyzing the current situation of the intersection between supply chain resilience and sustainability from an empirical perspective. Based on this descriptive research, the complex relationships between the two objectives of sustainability and resilience in supply chain can be detailed out and conceptualized. After laying out a strong description of this nexus, an explanatory approach focuses on the affordances of certain key factors and technologies identified empirically, such as cloud computing, which contribute to achieve both objectives. Finally, a more prescriptive approach will define how to leverage data and process science to identify the challenges and solutions to respond to the trade-offs between sustainability and resilience in supply chain. The studies will be conducted following the Design Science Research framework and in collaboration with HILTI AG.