Supporting Small Firm Supply Chain Management in Lower-Income Economies

What are supply chain management challenges in a lower-income economy? How can managers of smaller firms and city public officials address risks and enhance reliability?

A new paper in Productions and Operations Management, leverages field work in Senegal studying small firms selling irrigation equipment. The paper examines how the risks associated with the modality - informal - and orientation - reactive - of the supply of irrigation equipment is impacted by city size and customer type to produce recommendations for public policy decisions which could improve financial outcomes and reduce overall system risk.

The authors of the paper, Operations, risk, and small firms: Field results from irrigation equipment vendors in Senegal, include DUSP’s Jonars Spielberg and Bish Sanyal; DUSP alum Mark Brennan (PhD '20, SM ’16); and MIT Sloan’s Stephen Graves.

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Learn more about ongoing DUSP research in Senegal