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A number of events around the world have drawn widespread attention - toy recalls prompted by the presence of lead paint, food contamination, crippling natural disasters, and terrorist attacks. These unpredictable events, while rare, have significantly disrupted supply chains the world over. However, there are less high-profile developments that can also pose an important risk to the modern industrial enterprise. Supply chains have become fragmented and brittle. This is due in part to the rapid growth in outsourcing to partners and suppliers that are geographically distant, and in part to an increased focus on sole sourcing, whether to capitalize on price advantages or to cultivate relationships in the extended enterprise.
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