Call for papers - The TQM Journal

Product Information:-

  • Journals
  • Books
  • Case Studies
  • Regional information
Real World Research - #RealWorldResearch
Request a service from our experts.

Supply Chain Risk Management: approaches and tools for continuous improvement


Special issue call for papers from The TQM Journal

Guest Editor 1:
Prof. Barbara Gaudenzi, University of Verona (Italy)

Guest Editor 2:
Prof. Martin Christopher, Cranfield University (UK)

Guest Editor 3:
Prof. Omera Khan, Royal Holloway University of London (UK)  and University of Agder (Norway)

The topic of Supply Chain Risk Management (SCRM) is becoming increasingly relevant from several perspectives: vulnerability and resilience, business interruption and disruptions management, lean and agile strategies related to complex and vulnerable competitive environments, risk assessment techniques, mitigation strategies optimization, supply chain risk and performance measurement systems, etc. From these perspectives, there are many potential connections between TQM and SCRM strategies, that have been only partially explored in the literature. In addition, the strategic approaches of SC re-engineering and SC collaboration can be reinterpreted by adopting a TQM and a SCRM framework.


As highlighted by Swanson et al. (2018), the number of papers on SCRM published in top Supply Chain Management journals in the period 2011-2015, compared to those published in the period 2006-2011, increased by 78%. It demonstrates how the topic is relevant and how its analysis from a TQM perspective might be beneficial from both a qualitative and a quantitative perspective.

There are many potential connections between TQM and SCRM strategies, which can be originally explored from an academic perspective. Supply Chain Risk Assessment techniques, risk identification and analysis tool are largely inspired by quality management systems, such as - for example - Six Sigma and FMEA tools. Decision making tools devoted to prioritize risks and mitigation strategies are also related to Quality Management theories. Risk prevention strategies and risk mitigation strategies are related to a TQM perspective, but the connection with SCM strategy is not always explicit. In addition, the integration between risk management, supply chain mangement and quality management can be explored from both a process management perspective and from a legal and compliance perspective, since standards, guidelines and voluntary norms may differ.
Therefore, integrating TQM and SCRM perspectives represents a promising area of academic investigation in order to support organizations in developing better competitive and resilient strategies.

SCRM is an evolving area of research, which can has implications for both academics and practitioners. Authors can contribute to the special issue by providing theoretical frameworks regarding the relationships between SCRM and TQM theories, and empirical studies investigating the application of these theories and their contribution to the value creation.
Scholars from several disciplines, such as Supply Chain Risk Management, Quality Management, Operations Management, are invited to submit their works for consideration in this issue.

Indicative list of anticipated themes

The following is an illustrative sample of themes that may be addressed:
•    Supply chain risk management strategies to deal with continuous improvement
•    Antecedents of new SC risks and Quality risks
•    Supply Chain Risk Mitigation and Management strategies in TQM frameworks

•    Organizational challenges of SCRM and TQM
•    Sustainability and risks in Quality and Supply Chain
•    Empirical investigation of how SCRM contributes to continuous improvement  

•    Regulatory frameworks to address quality and supply chain risk 

•    Resilient supply chain management
•    Decision making models for priorityising risks in supply chains
•    How to integrate Quality performance and Risk measures in supply chain management perspective
•    FMEA and SCRM tools
•    Case studies of quality management and supply chain risk management

Submission deadline: 1st March 2019

Submissions should comply with the journal author guidelines here. Submissions should be made through ScholarOne Manuscripts, the online submission and peer review system. Registration and access is available here.


Sample of Relevant studies
-    Foster, S.T., (2008), “Towards an understanding of supply chain quality management”, Journal of Operations Management, 26, 461–467.
-    Gray, J. V., Roth, A. V., Leiblein, M. J. (2011). “Quality risk in offshore manufacturing: Evidence from the pharmaceutical industry”, Journal of Operations Management, 29, 737–752.
-    Lewis, M. A. (2003). “Cause, consequence and control: Towards a theoretical and practical model of operational risk”, Journal of Operations Management, 21(2), 205–224.

-    Tse, Y. K.,  Tan, K. H. (2012). “Managing product quality risk and visibility in multi-layer supply chain”, International Journal of Production Economics, 139, 49–57.
-    Tse, Y.K., Zhang, M., Tan, K.H., Pawar, K., Fernandes, K. (2018), “Managing quality risk in supply chain to drive firm's performance: The roles of control mechanisms”, Journal of Business Research, in press.
-    Vanichchinchai, A., Igel, B. (2009), “Total quality management and supply chain management: similarities and differences”, The TQM Journal, 21, 249-260.
-    Willians, R., Bertsch, B., Dale, B., van der Wiele, T., van Iwaarden, J., Smith, M.,  Visser, R. (2006). “Quality and risk management: What are the key issues?”, TQM Magazine, 18, 67–86.
-    (….)