Project Results

Whilst the project is implemented, these results will be developed.

This output should inform SMEs the best way to deal with supply chain risks. A better understanding of how to react to the supply chain risks, is likely to reduce the barriers of SMEs, to participate in supply chains. Regarding policymakers, the best practices, that are viewed as important to plan future regulations and legislative reactions, is to address the emerging number of supply chain risks for SMEs. The best practice report should also be of interest for a broader public; network managers; supply chain managers; policymakers, as well as SME consultants.

Best practice report & motivation video

Best practice report and motivation video of The expected work, regarding the supply chain risks from an SME perspective, is highly innovative and relevant for several reasons:

(1) So far, knowledge about specific supply chain risks is missing; in particular, in the context of digitalization and the related intensified inter-organizational data exchange.

(2) Secondly, the specific perspective on SMEs has received less attention from the research community; and thus, can be considered as an additional important aspect.

(3) As these risks act as a barrier for the digitalization of industry, it is highly important to establish a good information base for research, company practice and policymakers.

The desired 8-10 best practices of how to address supply chain risks, are highly from a research perspective; so far, But even more, these best practices are highly important from a managerial point of view.

Be prepared Training Package

The core of the training will be based on a gaming approach. The goal of the training package is to fill the knowledge gaps, regarding the management of supply chain risks (SCRs), originating from digital interactions. SMEs are often unaware of the actual risk dimensions, frequencies, and variations of such risks; therefore, they are exposed to detrimental consequences, in a rather unprepared way. Therefore, the activities around IO2 will prepare participants (the two target groups). In addition, they will both offer to raising awareness, and also behavioral training.

The Training will be consisted of 3 major components:

Digital competences on SCRs, enable the participants to act adequately before, during, and after SCR incidents. This is particularly relevant for SMEs, as they are often more vulnerable to risks, and their implications are larger than their counterparts. The training will enable participants to understand and identify, and tackle relevant digital SCR that can occur in progressive digital interactions.
All the SMEs involved, will be part of a value chain; and, will be subject to potential risks, following the adoption of digital technologies in the value chain. The groups of SMEs will be guided through the adoption and use of the assessment, and training of knowledge resources produced by the project consortium - including the self-awareness tool - assisted by expert researchers and academics of the project members.

Practical Guidance Pack

This output will maximize the value of the project’s outcomes, by making the materials produced both available and usable by SMEs in Europe; and, also at the end of the project. The guidance will contain information, both on the kinds of awareness and education resources available, and the method of how to use them. For this objective, the guidance materials produced, will be based on the evidence, produced by the project consortium. In each country, the project partners will deploy the educational materials and the resources, available to a group of at least 45 employees of different SMEs.

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