Peace, Cocaine, and Supply Chain Resiliency

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Peterson, Abigail
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Montabon, Frank
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Supply Chain Management
Supply chain management is an integrated program of study concerned with the efficient flow of materials, products, and information within and among organizations. It involves the integration of business processes across organizations, from material sources and suppliers through manufacturing, and processing to the final customer. The program provides you with the core knowledge related to a wide variety of supply chain activities, including demand planning, purchasing, transportation management, warehouse management, inventory control, material handling, product and service support, information technology, and strategic supply chain management.
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Every industry has a supply chain as its backbone. When disruptions to the supply chain occur, a company must work quickly to adapt. It was found that more peaceful countries have a higher supply chain resiliency, but does this theory apply to every industry, especially those with a higher risk of disturbance? One particular industry experiencing increased disturbances is the cocaine industry. The demand for cocaine is constant, creating the need for a constant supply. Government interdiction efforts have contributed to disruptions in the supply chain of cocaine. To overcome regulation, vast resources are required to increase adaptability compared to legal industries. Does this difficulty get easier in more peaceful countries since it has a greater general supply chain resiliency? Six unique cocaine prevalence and eradication factors were measured within each country over five years to test this theory. The compiled data then created a new metric; The Supply Chain Resiliency of Cocaine. This metric was used with the level of peace within a country to test the relationship between the two. Based on the results, there is weak evidence towards a higher resiliency of the cocaine supply chain in more peaceful countries.