Agility index in the supply chain

Ching Torng Lin*, Hero Chiu, Po-Young Chu

*Corresponding author for this work

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To achieve a competitive edge in the rapidly changing business environment, companies must align with suppliers and customers to streamline operations, as well as working together to achieve a level of agility beyond individual companies. Consequently, agile supply chains are the dominant competitive vehicles. Embracing agile supply chain requires asking some important questions, namely: what exactly is agility and how can it be measured? Moreover, how can agility be effectively achieved and enhanced? Due to the ambiguity of agility assessment, most measures are described subjectively using linguistic terms. Thus, this study develops a fuzzy agility index (FAI) based on agility providers using fuzzy logic. The FAI comprises attribute' ratings and corresponding weights, and is aggregated by a fuzzy weighted average. To illustrate the efficacy of the method, this study also evaluates the supply chain agility of a Taiwanese company. This evaluation demonstrates that the method can provide analysts with more informative and reliable information for decision.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)285-299
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Production Economics
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2006


  • Agile supply chain
  • Agility index
  • Agility measuring
  • Fuzzy logic
  • Supply chain management


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