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Supply Chain Management in an Era of Reglobalization

Special issue call for papers from International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management

International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management

Supply Chain Management in an Era of Reglobalization

Guest Editors:

Sobhan (Sean) Asian, La Trobe University, Australia [email protected]
Tsan-Ming Choi (Jason), The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong [email protected]
Richard Oloruntoba, University of Newcastle, Australia [email protected]

Global supply chains (GSCs), which emerged from and thrived with globalization, are associated with technological changes and affected by industrial and trade policies. One lesser-known fact is that the cycle of globalization took place in waves, each has sequentially been followed by a downturn that eventually reshaped the cross-border flow of goods, capital, and people (Martin et al., 2018; Witt, 2019). The so-called second phase of globalization, which was empowered largely by the ICT revolution and politico-economical openness, has evidently faltered and slowed in the post-2008 financial crisis (The Economist, 2019). Recent development of trade tensions, such as the U.S.-China conflict, the Brexit process, Japan-South Korea trade dispute, and other business dynamics towards deglobalization (Hendry et al., 2019; Witt, 2019) are readily affecting and will continue to affect GSCs (Lund et al., 2019).

Although trade openness is currently in a state of uncertainty and flux (Aguilera et al., 2019), logistical & technological advances are growing at an even faster pace (Mathauer and Hofmann, 2019). This suggests that globalization may still thrive concurrently with deglobalization, thanks to recent logistics infrastructure developments (e.g., The Belt and Road Initiative—BRI) and exponential growth of breakthrough technologies, such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, autonomous transportation & information systems, advanced & additive manufacturing, and Industry 4.0 (Foerstl et al., 2016; Giuffrida et al., 2017; Cullinane et al., 201; Choi et al., 2018; Reza‐Gharehbagh et al., 2019). A highly likely outcome might be a mediated “reglobalization” (Payne, 2017; Troyjo, 2017; The Corner, 2018), aiming to simultaneously enhance productivity and treat the root causes of deglobalization (e.g., imbalanced wealth distribution and polarized labor market) (Porter and Rivkin, 2014).
Despite widespread research on GSCs, the O&SCM literature has so far seen only a limited discussion of impacts of reglobalization on SCs and possible implications (Charpin, 2018; Dong and Kouvelis, 2019). How can modern SCs capitalize on breakthrough technologies and enhancing infrastructure connectivity, and adopt inclusive mechanisms to counterbalance the losses from deglobalization and pave new frontiers? Will this give rise to new SC strategies, cultivate innovations, and flourish opportunities for the SCs of the future? Will the interaction between evolving trade policies, technology advancing and progressing logistics connectivity reshape and give rise to new forms of SCs? Can overall economic benefits of resultant reglobalized SCs be maximized, while also paying regard to domestic social welfare? Will reconfigured SCs be able to preserve their minimum level of horizontal ownership, yet gain the benefits of both globalization and deglobalization at an equilibrium? Or will we observe regionally-integrated SCs more at the expense of deglobalization?

Topics include, but are not limited to:

-    Impacts of technological advancement and alternative logistical infrastructures on SC re-configuration and network re-design
-    Impact of evolving business models and trade policies on SC decisions in the era of reglobalization
-    Role of technology and logistical infrastructures in redistributing wealth and rebalancing labor concentration across SCs
-    Role of technology in facilitating SC finance, contracts, and performance management in reglobalized SCs
-    Role of technology in managing information sharing, transparency, integration, and alignment in reglobalized SCs
-    Impacts of novel technologies and alternative logistical infrastructures on SC trust, competition, cooperation, and co-opetition
-    Role of technology and alternative logistical infrastructures in causing (and managing) uncertainties in reglobalized SCs
-    Novel frameworks for digitizing and managing reglobalized SCs under government interventions


The recommended methodologies include, but not limited to:

-    Case Study
-    Empirical Survey
-    Action Research
-    Secondary and Archival Data Analysis
-    Taxonomy Development
-    Mathematical Modeling
-    Middle-Range Theorizing
-    Taxonomy Development


Submission Deadline: Dec 31, 2020

For more information about this SI and submission process, feel free to contact the Guest Editors.


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