EPIC Supply Chain Framework: A Global Risk Assessment & Readiness Resource

Assess supply chain readiness from four different perspectives: Economy (E), Politics (P), Infrastructure (I), and Competence (C)

Here you’ll find both the EPIC Global Supply Chain Risk Assessment as well as other resources and tools from the University of Tennessee’s Global Supply Chain Institute. 

A White Paper by the University of Tennessee Global Supply Chain Institute 


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Authors:Alan Amling, PhD; Aleksandra Maguire; Alexandre M. Rodrigues, PhD; Kristyna Alexova; Shay D. Scott, PhD; Theodore P. Stank, PhD
Date: April, 2020

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What's Inside the EPIC Global Supply Chain Risk Assessment White Paper:

While the COVID-19 pandemic may be the most significant supply chain disruption of recent memory, it was not the first and certainly won’t be the last. Supply chain risks stem from a variety of unpredictable environmental, political, business, and social factors, and  supply chain leaders should be prepared with adequate resources, such as the EPIC Report, to assess risk and plan, prepare, and measure global supply chain capabilities.

“The resilience of global supply chains is being tested. Supply chain leaders are being tested. Our view at the University of Tennessee is that if you prepare for what is known, you will be in a better position to react to what is unknown. It is in that spirit that we put together this EPIC report. (It) provides thorough but succinct assessments for 64 countries enabling informed trade-off decisions about which countries will be part of your future supply chain…Knowing the current strengths and vulnerabilities of the countries in this report as well as the geography-spanning issues can help supply chain professionals become master conductors of their globally dispersed orchestra of planes, trains, ships, and facilities. Getting this right creates the greatest music a supply chain professional can hear, the sound of happy customers.”

This white paper equips supply chain leaders with the EPIC supply chain structure that served as the framework for assessing 64 countries in 10 geographic regions around the globe on their supply chain readiness from four perspectives: Economy (E), Politics (P), Infrastructure (I), and Competence (C).

Within this white paper download, you’ll find the EPIC Report and EPIC Global Supply Chain Risk Assessment, including: 

  • Definitions, information, and explanations of the EPIC supply chain structure
  • How to utilize the report’s tools for your organization’s supply chain 
  • Research and analysis conducted across 64 countries in 10 geographic regions

“Gone are the days in which we could assume that customers will forgive us for failures due to a lack of understanding of these issues; gone are the days where competition would fall victim to the same forces. We are now in an era where the effective practice of supply chain management is often a central tenet in creating competitive advantage for a firm. In this environment, it is imperative that those designing and operating their supply chains are well-informed on issues that impact their success and are always in search of relevant, up-to-date information that they can use to plan their course. It is our hope to refine and build this tool to be a guide for you to do just that.”

Download to learn how to use the EPIC framework, conduct global supply chain readiness assessments, and begin making more informed decisions as a global supply chain leader

Who This White Paper is Primarily For: Corporate CEOs, Supply Chain Professionals, Chief Procurement Officers, Chief Supply Chain Officers, and Supply Chain Students. 

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In this video series, University of Tennessee, Knoxville business professor Sara Hsu interviews experts to learn how they manage risks to their supply chains.

Once you’ve downloaded and read this white paper and watched the video series above, watch the Fall 2021 Supply Chain Forum session on navigating global risks using insights from the EPIC Report. The video includes a discussion of global ESG risks and rewards, U.S.-China decoupling, global price inflation risk, as well as a Q&A session.

Brought to you by the University of Tennessee’s Global Supply Chain Institute with speakers:
  • Alan Amling, Fellow, UT’s Global Supply Chain Institute
  • Sara Hsu, Clinical Associate Professor, UT Department of Supply Chain Management
  • Richard Sharpe, CEO, Competitive Insights, LLC
  • Paul Bingham, Director of Transportation Consulting, IHS Markit
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