Supporting Small Firm Supply Chain Management in Lower-Income Economies
Farmers harvesting their rice in northern Senegal. In the foreground, you can see the irrigation canal that brings water to their fields, as well as the desert conditions that surround this shock of green rice fields.
Photo credit: The Potential for Private Irrigation in Senegal research team
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.