Capabilities of internal actors to build resilience against supply chain food fraud

  • Liam Fassam

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


Food is an essential part of our global existence, and it is the supply of this [food] that comprises a complex system of suppliers, spread over vast geographic distances. Coupled to this complexity is a increasing demand for food stuffs, with a purported increase in food stuffs of 50% to 2030. However, there is an increasing amount of food fraud occurring, with a recent study citing a European wide increase of 20% fraud with meat products over the preceding 20 years. Therefore, it is incumbent on supply chain professionals to mitigate risks of food fraud, and look toward existent research to assist. But, there a paucity of research in the area of supply chain food fraud risk and resilience mitigation, with the majority of research being related to scientific testing processes rather than management theory.

Therefore, this research study espouses to address this gap utilising a tri-methodology of systematic literature review, Modified Delphi and semi-structured cross case study analysis. In doing so, it engaged with food supply chain professionals and at latter stages food procurement professionals to gain an appreciated into building internal capabilities against food fraud. Finally, this research compares the outputs of the tri-method approach against existent supply chain resilience literature to build a theoretical framework of capabilities of food supply chain resilience, and areas for further research.
Date of Award2023
Original languageEnglish
SupervisorPetko Kusev (Main Supervisor)

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