The flow-based society and its vulnerability

Ulf Paulsson

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This report presents a meticulous review of the background of today’s flow-based society and its vulnerability. Furthermore, there is a discussion about how to define flow-based disruption risks, and how their consequences, including the domino effects, can be described. Also the theory areas, addressing this kind of risks, are treated in this report.
The modern society of today is, to a great extent, built up round supply chains. In these strictly integrated chains, with a number of often globally dispersed links, there is a constant flow of physical goods, services and also combinations of goods and services. A disruption within any of these flows may very well lead to far-reaching negative consequences, not only for the private company but also for the society in general.
The private company’s (or organization’s) supply chain and its surrounding environment is exposed to constant changes, which affects its risk picture. It may be difficult to completely avoid being affected by disruptions and disturbances, and perhaps not even desirable, considering the high risk handling costs this probably would require. On the other hand, it is important not to be affected unnecessarily hard, since this of course means a waste of resources. In competitive business activities it is especially important not to suffer worse than the competitors; preferably you should be less affected. Efficient risk management can thus provide a vital competitive advantage.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationTurku
PublisherUniversity of Turku
Number of pages33
ISBN (Print)978-951-29-7204-3
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Publication series

NamePublications of the Hazard projects
PublisherTurku Shool of Economics, University of Turku

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Business Administration

Free keywords

  • disruption risk
  • domino effects
  • flow-based society
  • managing disruption risks
  • supply chain
  • supply chain security
  • supply chain risk
  • supply chain risk management
  • risk handling
  • risk management
  • vulnerability


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