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Strategic Supply Chain and Logistics Management in Greater China: Evolution, Innovation and Future Challenges

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

Submission Deadline: August 31, 2016

Guest Editor: Shong-Iee (Ivan) Su, Director, SCLab, School of Business, Soochow University, Taipei, Taiwan and Asian Regional Editor, IJPDLM
E-mail: [email protected]

The Greater China Region or Greater China is a term used to refer to China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan as a unity. The term customarily refers to cultural and economic ties among these territories but is not intended to imply sovereignty.

Since the economic reform of Mainland China in 1978 that introduced market principles, unprecedented growth had occurred until 2013 with the economy increasing by an average of 9.5% a year. While Mainland China is the main driving force of economic growth in Greater China and the world, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Macau are also critical contributors because of their strong connections with the world economy. With 1.4 billion population, Mainland China’s ongoing transformation into a consumption society, the economic future of Greater China still remains very promising. However, companies operating in this region still face significant challenges related to the continuing changes in economic integration, consumption patterns, business development, manufacturing, educational reform, environmental deterioration, e-commerce growth, technology adoption, distribution network and logistics infrastructure, as well as interactions with other regions. These issues and challenges directly or indirectly impact firms’ supply chain and logistics management strategy development and implementation. The Greater China context also provides a fertile ground to conduct meaningful and impactful supply chain and logistics management research (Chen, 2015; Jiang et al., 2007; Liu, 2014; Zhao et al., 2007).      

The success of IJPDLM’s Special Issue on Contemporary Strategic Supply Chain Management and Logistics Issues in Asia (Vol. 45, Issue 9/10) has prompted the journal’s editorial team to commit to a new special issue with a sole focus on strategic supply chain and logistics management evolution, innovation and future challenges in Greater China. Through this special issue, IJPDLM seeks to facilitate a better understanding of global SC/LM research issues and stimulate thought and collaboration across regions by bringing valuable research works from prominent Greater China area scholars to the fore. As a continuing effort towards this goal, we invite you to submit your best research to the Special Issue of IJPDLM on the evolution, innovation and future challenges for supply chain and logistics management in Greater China. We seek high-quality manuscripts that combine research rigor with Greater China-specific contextual topics/concepts. We welcome different types of theoretically grounded research or methodologies, including integrative literature reviews, conceptual development, empirical studies, qualitative research, and case studies, etc.

The topics listed below are indicative, but by no means definitive. Consistent with the topicality section that can be found on the IJPDLM journal web page, preference will be given to theoretically grounded, empirical research studies including case studies and surveys that are able to effectively and appropriately address the theme of this special issue. As such, quantitatively oriented mathematical modeling and simulation studies are unlikely to meet the requirements of this Special Issue. Topics for this special issue may include (but are not limited to):

  • Impact of economic integration in Greater China and beyond on global supply chains.
  • Critical reviews of unique strategic supply chain and logistics future challenges in Greater China.
  • Logistics infrastructure and regulatory development in Greater China and beyond.
  • Greater China domestic market demand and supply for goods and services.
  • Logistics and supply chain talent development and human resource development in Greater China.
  • Third-Party Logistics (3PL) industry evolution, innovation and future challenges in Greater China.
  • Operational innovations and implementations of new SCM technologies in Greater China.
  • Development of e-Commerce, e-fulfillment and multi-channel distribution networks in Greater China.
  • Impact of increasing labor and facility costs/offshoring vs. reshoring and its future.
  • Environmental revitalization and sustainable supply chain innovations.
  • Urban logistics challenges and implementations in Greater China.
  • Risk management in Greater China supply chains.

Manuscript Submission:

Prospective authors are encouraged to submit abstracts of their papers to the Guest Editor in advance of actual submission. In preparing and submitting your articles, please follow the author guidelines that can be found on the IJPDLM journal website: In preparing of manuscripts, authors are asked to carefully follow the IJPDLM Author Guidelines as posted on the journal website All articles should be submitted in English. We strongly suggest that non-native English speakers have their manuscripts proofread prior to submission.

All papers should be submitted between August 1, 2015 and August 31, 2016. Authors should ensure that the Greater China Special Issue option is selected. All appropriate papers will go through the normal journal review process.

To promote IJPDLM’s global reach, the Editorial and Structured Abstracts for this Special Issue will be published in both English and Mandarin Chinese. We very much hope you will contribute your best research to the Greater China special issue for outstanding supply chain and logistics management research.


Chen, H. (2015), “A message to Asian SCM and logistics scholars from IJPDLM", International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, Vol. 45, No. 3, (Editorial). Link to Editorial

Jiang, B., Frazier, G.V., Heiser, D. (2007), “China-related POM research: A literature review and suggestions for future research”, International Journal of Operations & Production Management, Vol. 27, No. 7, pp. 662-684.

Liu, X. (2014), “China-based logistics research: A review of the literature and implications”, International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management, Vol. 44, No. 5, pp.392-411.

Zhao, X., Flynn, B.B., and Roth, A.V. (2007), “Decision Sciences research in China: Current status, opportunities, and propositions for research in supply chain management, logistics, and quality management”, Decision Sciences, Vol. 38, No. 1, pp. 39-80.