Decarbonization and Supply Chains
As climate change is unavoidable, our collective responses have the potential to forge a decarbonized, net-zero economy. Collaborative mechanisms—with institutional and organizational stakeholders working toward shared goals—is key to bringing decarbonization to fruition.
Government initiatives create public policy frameworks for making infrastructure investments necessary to address climate change. Business sectors and organizations should take action to close significant gaps in carbon intensive activities—if not for mitigation purposes, then for adaptation. For example, forestation initiatives – planting trees in exchange for annual compensation from the government were designed to help stop erosion and ensure ample crop supply. Examples supply chain carbon neutrality measures include companies such as Microsoft and Royal Dutch Shell paying timberland owners to keep trees standing to offset carbon emissions. These are some examples of private and public initiatives; many more possibilities and initiatives exist.
One clear requirement is that successful decarbonization hinges on supply chain innovations. Innovations may or may not contribute to decarbonization directly. Example innovations include Industry 4.0, smart manufacturing, reverse logistics, and green technologies—whose contributions to decarbonization are debatable. Subsequently, research is needed to further understand, build effective theory, concepts, frameworks, and tools for supply chain decarbonization that drive carbon offsetting and unlock economic opportunity.
This special issue is interested in all types of well-designed and rigorously performed academic research, including conceptual papers, empirical research, qualitative and quantitative studies. Papers based on qualitative research methodologies are encouraged to be grounded in pragmatic issues and case studies. We invite and encourage you to submit your research to the special issue on “Decarbonization and supply chains".
Submissions may address but are not restricted to the following topics:
• Supply chain management and decarbonization, within and across industrial supply chain sectors
• Supply chain supplier development and decarbonization
• The role of the public, regulators, and other stakeholders on decarbonization of supply chains
• New and collaborative product development and decarbonization
• Manufacturing, innovation, and technology in decarbonized supply chains
• E-supply chains and decarbonization
• Making the business case for decarbonized supply chains
• Human resources and behavioral research in decarbonized supply chains
We especially encourage both standard manufacturing supply chains, but also non-traditional supply chains such as agriculture, food, and finance supply chains.
Special Issue information:
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere. Accepted submissions are thoroughly refereed through a double-blind peer review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the https://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/journal/mscra#author-guidelines
Manuscripts should be submitted online at https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/mscra.Research articles, review articles as well as viewpoints are invited.
The deadline for submissions is the end of June 2022.
Submissions due: June 30th, 2022
Final version of papers due: November 30th, 2022
Notification of Final Acceptance for Publication: January 28th, 2023
Questions should be addressed to the guest editors:
Professor Chunguang Bai
School of Management and Economics
University of Electronic Science and Technology of China
No. 2006, Xiyuan Ave, West Hi-Tech Zone, 611731
Chengdu, P.R. China
Professor Anicia Jaegler
Kedge business School, Paris, France
Professor Qingyun Zhu
College of Business
The University of Alabama in Huntsville
301 Sparkman Drive
Huntsville, AL 35899
Professor Joseph Sarkis
Foisie Business School
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
100 Institute Road
Worcester, MA , USA
Hanken School of Economics
Doctor Wei Chen
College of Management Science
Chengdu University of Technology
No. 1, East Third Road, erxianqiao, Chenghua District, 610059
Chengdu, P.R. China