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    Seed money grant project proposal climate perception and adaptation strategiesin the food supply chain
    (2016)
    Climate change and the impacts of extreme weather events represent a major threat to company operations and supply chains. However, there are few studies regarding climate change risks to firms and their adaptation responses. This study proposes the investigation of the determinants of climate risk perception and adaptation strategies in the food supply chain in Brazil. More specifically, we focus on the soya supply chain, considering its economic importance and its vulnerability to climatic events. The study is divided in two phases: in the first phase we develop a quantitative study to test a model of climate risk perception and adaptation, and in the second phase we discuss the findings and implications in four workshops held with relevant stakeholders. Results are expected to be of academic and managerial relevance. In terms of contribution to the business literature, this study bridges the gap between climate risk perception and adaptation strategies and analyzes perspectives at different nodes of the supply chain. The results also bring light into the influence of social context on the adaptation to climate change. As managerial contribution, this study aims to foster risk awareness and develop climate communication strategy via recommendations for firms as well as for public policies. The project represents a continuation of the partnership of the Centro Latinoamericano-Suizo at the University of St. Gallen (CLS-HSG) together with the Centre of Excellence in Logistic and Supply Chain (GVcelog) at Fundação Getulio Vargas-EAESP. Under this collaboration, there has been qualitative investigations of the impacts of natural disasters and climate change on supply chains. Through this Seed Money Grant proposal, we hope to further strengthen this partnership, to scale the knowledge already built, and to broaden the project into a larger quantitative study.
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    Gestão de riscos em cadeias de suprimentos
    (2016) Miguel, Priscila Laczynski de Souza
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    Supply Chain Context and its Impacts on Resilience
    (2017)
    This paper empirically investigates the influence of supply chain context on supply chain resilience, during an extreme climate event. Design/methodology/approach: Based on 41 indepth qualitative interviews in two Brazilian agri-food supply chains, this study explored how supply chain specificities influence the perceptions of environment and responses to an event at different nodes of the supply chain. Findings: The results provided empirical evidence that the supply chain context (governance mechanisms and different resilience levels of firms) may underpin resilience capabilities. Resilience strategies are contingent on the supply chain and interfirm relationships. Research limitations/implications: This study explores the context of two agri-food supply chains in Brazil during an extreme weather event. While the findings are relevant, future studies might explore different industries and countries. Practical implications: To build supply chain resilience, organizations must leverage and align capabilities for a common purpose. Social implications: The most vulnerable organizations in the chain are the least prone to build resilience. There is a need to intensify knowledge sharing to address the necessary adaptation. Originality value: This study throws light on the contingency context as well as on the different perspectives at each node of the supply chain. Additionally, it covers two different phases of a disaster (longitudinal study).
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    Supply chain resilience: the whole is not the sum of the parts
    (2019-02) Sá, Marcelo Martins de; Miguel, Priscila Laczynski de Souza; Brito, Renata Peregrino de; Pereira, Susana Carla Farias
    Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to investigate how resilience at different nodes in the supply chain influences overall supply chain resilience (SCRES) during an extreme weather event. Design/methodology/approach – Based on 41 in-depth interviews, this qualitative study examines two Brazilian agri-food supply chains (AFSC). The interviews explored the impacts, preparedness, response and adaptation strategies adopted by farmers, processors and manufacturers during Brazil’s extreme drought of 2014–2015. Findings – SCRES does not depend on all organizations in the supply chain but rather on the company able to reconfigure the resources to control for the disruption. In a supply chain with low interdependence among players, individual firm resilience elements might be preferable to interorganizational ones. Research limitations/implications – This study is based on the context of AFSCs with low interdependence among players and during the experience of a climatic event. The results might not be generalizable to other sectors and phenomena. Practical implications – Firms must evaluate their positions in supply chains and their interfirm relationships to determine which resilience strategy to invest in and rely on. Moreover, to leverage resilience at the supply chain level, firms must intensify information sharing and improve proactive resilience strategies upstream as well as downstream in the supply chain. Originality/value – This study presents a broader perspective of resilience by comparing resilience elements at both the node and supply chain levels and by discussing their interactions and trade-offs.