The reality of today’s business environment is that the enterprise has no boundaries. Accordingly, the appropriate risk assessment approach applied to operational risks suggests the need for an end-to-end, extended enterprise view of the value chain. This requires looking upstream to supplier relationships (including strategic suppliers), as well as downstream to channels, customer relationships and the ultimate end users.
The enterprise’s business relationships are just as important to its success as its internal processes, personnel and systems because they are inextricably linked to what makes the business model work. This document offers several questions to consider when evaluating supply chain risk.