Bio-inspired Design for Sustainable and Resilient Supply Chains Conference Paper uri icon


  • Supply chain design has traditionally focused on using the shortest path or the minimum number of paths to reduce operational costs. This approach, however, fails to account for a system's response to external disruptions. A novel supply chain design is proposed that mimics the optimal balance of efficient and redundant pathways found in nature's resilient ecosystems. A comparison of traditional and bio-inspired supply chain designs are done using a disruption scenario, showing that the bio-inspiration significantly reduces the supply chain's vulnerability to cascading failures.

name of conference

  • 27th CIRP Life Cycle Engineering Conference (LCE2020)Advancing Life Cycle Engineering : from technological eco-efficiency to technology that supports a world that meets the development goals and the absolute sustainability

published proceedings

  • Procedia CIRP

author list (cited authors)

  • Chatterjee, A., & Layton, A.

citation count

  • 6

complete list of authors

  • Chatterjee, Abheek||Layton, Astrid

publication date

  • January 2020