Which supply chain adaptations in the manufacturing industry are required moving forward in the face of uncertain market conditions?

  • Paul Robert Hauschild (Student)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


In this research, the transformation and adaptability of supply chains within the manufacturing sector amidst volatile market conditions are meticulously examined. Utilizing an exploratory methodology, secondary data sources facilitated a qualitative appraisal of the supply chain management of three automotive entities, contextualized against the backdrop of the unprecedented disruption from the Covid-19 pandemic. Drawing upon the Resource-Based
View and Transaction Cost Theory, the supply chain management practices of these automotive enterprises were scrutinized. The findings underscore that, given the escalating unpredictability of the global landscape, there's a pronounced propensity for companies to gravitate towards greater internalization in production and exerting dominance over pivotal supply chain
segments, such as battery cell production. Vertical integration emerges as a strategic alternative against potential upheavals, bestowing upon manufacturers a modicum of steadiness in an otherwise capricious environment. The trajectory towards heightened vertical integration is anticipated to not only persist but intensify in the ensuing era. This research proffers invaluable perspectives for supply chain management within the manufacturing realm, aiming to adeptly
steer and adapt to the evolving contours of the sector.
Date of Award20 Oct 2023
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa
SupervisorRandi Lunnan (Supervisor)


  • Supply chain management
  • RBV
  • TCT
  • Vertical integration
  • Automotive


  • Mestrado em Gestão e Administração de Empresas

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