Organizing risk and managing supply chains: Expert panel and discussion

The Organizing Risk Group (ORG) invites you to hear from a multidisciplinary expert panel who will discuss a range of contemporary risks to effective supply chain management, the ways in which different risks can be organized, and the consequences for organizations, supply chains and wider inter-organizational networks.

While supply chain risk is well known and studied, what many organizations experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic and are still experiencing today – notably aggravated by such things as climate change, modern slavery regulation, labour shortages, the energy crisis, and geopolitical disruptions – seems to be different and fundamentally more complex. Negative events increasingly arise from interdependenciesamong different supply chains, across industries and countries. Many of these interdependencies were deliberately cultivated or at least tolerated, yet somehow these risks feel novel.

The panel of experts will debate the nature and novelty of contemporary risks to effective supply chain management as well as how to organize them, addressing questions such as: Did organizational and state actors properly imagine the range of negative events arising from supply chain interdependencies and materializing now? Are these risks truly novel? What are the implications for risk management theory and practice?


Date: 19 April 2023 

Time: 9:00-10:00am (CEST)

Venue: Webinar, please register here


About the Speakers

Elke Schüßler


Professor of Business Administration and Head of the Institute of Organization Science at Johannes Kepler University, Linz. She has studied supply chain risks particularly from the perspective of labor standards. Between 2016-2019, she led the international "Garment Supply Chain Governance Project" which examined responses to the Rana Plaza disaster from multiple perspectives. Her work has been published in leading outlets such as the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Perspectives, Human Relations, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, and Organization Studies.


Kate Skattang


Director in the in the EY Climate Change and Sustainability Services practice with over 15 years of experience focused on sustainability in supply chains and strategic supplier management. Her passion for sustainability is focused on human rights and climate change risk in global supply chains, as well as helping clients to have a positive community and environmental impact through investment and sourcing of goods and services.  In addition to her work as a consultant, she also lectured in supply chain strategy at the University of Melbourne, undertaking research on slavery in the seafood sector in southeast Asia.


Andreas Wieland

Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management at Copenhagen Business School. He is the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Supply Chain Management. His current research reinterprets global supply chains as social–ecological systems. Herein, he interprets supply chain resilience in terms of persistence, adaptation, and transformation. His articles have appeared in journals such as the International Journal of Logistics Management, International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, Journal of Business Logistics, Journal of International Management, Journal of Supply Chain Management, and Supply Chain Management: An International Journal. He is also the editor of the blog