This suggests that higher levels of perceived environmental uncertainty might engender a greater emphasis on one or more supply chain flexibilities.
Research Question 3: Does greater strategic emphasis on supply chain flexibilities lead to higher performance on each of these dimensions?
Indeed, this article defines "supply chain flexibilities" as those flexibilities which are the shared responsibility of two or more functions along the supply chain.
The five supply chain flexibilities were defined on the research questionnaire so that respondents would have a common understanding of their meanings.
These respondents were considered "top performers" on product, volume, launch, access, or target market flexibilities.
But their effectiveness can not be measured easily, and they are called "soft flexibilities.
The various combinations of the above-mentioned internal flexibilities have successfully been used by companies to support these overall goals: