Purpose - Subject paper examines the international business risk of terrorism’s impact on the focal firm’s supply chain operations, as proliferated by the acceleration of globalization, via a fundamental review of pertinent country- and firm-level considerations shaped by global environmental factors. Subsequently, a managerial risk assessment and mitigation planning framework is presented for the supply chain executive’s pragmatic use.

Design/methodology/approach – Broad evaluation of contemporary viewpoints precedes a risk assessment and mitigation planning framework from the supply chain executive’s point-of-view.

Findings – While observed research found the probability of the risk of terrorism to be low, the severity (impact) of such a risk is quite substantial. By and large, contemporaries suggest a combination of public-private partnerships to proactively lessen its likelihood and the implementation of operational redundancies (assets and infrastructure) to minimize its impact to ongoing business operations. Yet, supply chain executives need a pragmatic framework to adequately assess its individual situation in order to develop an appropriate risk mitigation plan.

Originality/value – Provides an essential supplementary framework for inclusion in a firm’s broad supply chain risk assessment and management strategy. Although the paper is focused on the U.S., it has global implications.

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