Foresight: A trinity to comprehend digital transformation, resilience, and sustainability beyond COVID



Advances in digital technologies such as artificial intelligence, big data analytics, cloud computing, and the Internet of Things (IoT) have triggered enormous changes in society, industry, and organisations and refered as digital transofrmation . The pandemic of COVID-19 has instigated digital transformation. Prior to the current circulation of COVID-19, the record observable usages of new technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI), social media, and big data, take place in the entertainment or industrial sectors, according to Pellegrini (Secundo et al., 2021). Their potential applicability has now expanded to include a wide range of industries. The Internet of Things (IoT) and next-generation group telecommunications networks (e.g., 5G), big data analytics, AI integrating deep learning, and blockchain technology are allowing smooth interaction between multiple removals tied to users (Shahatha AlMashhadani et al., 2021). Although digital transformation provides enormous economic prospects, it is a complicated process that involves specialised skills, governance, and regulation. Many firms are hesitant to invest in digital transformation since digital technologies such as big data, AI, deep learning, and cloud computing necessitate significant human, structural, intellectual, and financial resources (Pramanik, Kirtania & Pani, 2019). Most crucially, the digital transformation's outcome is still unknown (von Leipzig et al. 2017)).

The researchers emphasised the capacity of digital transformation to build organisational resilience. Despite the pandemic's negative effects on global economic development, such as slowed business operations, decreased production, and increased unemployment and income insecurity, businesses that invested in digital transformation during the pandemic performed better and were better able to respond in difficult situations (Keshky et al, 2020). Responsive supply chains based on digital technologies made efficient contribution in the business reliliance, streaming analytics also enabled business to respond the business external and internal environment in more effevtive manner. Organizational resilience is enabled through digital transformation while resource utilisation is reduced, environmental quality improves during the pendamic period (Papagiannidis, Harris, & Morton, 2020). The use of big data and the Internet of Things to address environmental sustainability challenges and improve the environment can help to ensure the environment's long-term viability (Yalina, & Rozas, 2020, February). Companies are now relying on AI, IoT, and big data analytics to carry out sustainable business strategies such as reducing carbon emissions and limiting other environmental waste (Demartini, Evans, & Tonelli, 2019). Environmental impact is being examined and mapped in new ways thanks to big data analytics techniques. In terms of direct environmental performance, big data analytics can be used to provide a method for increasing food chain traceability and product certification (i.e., carbon footprint) Similarly, blockchain is regarded as a promising technology for ensuring long-term sustainability in business and industry (Leng et al. 2020). Blockchain has the potential to extend product life cycles, maximise resource utilisation, and reduce carbon emissions, all of which help to improve sustainability (Esmaeilian, Sarkis, Lewis, & Behdad, 2020). The current special issue aims to document the connections between digital transformation, organisational resilience, and long-term viability in the future business environment.

The focus of this special issue is on two major precedents in digital transformation. The significance of digital transformation in the development of organisational resilience that allows firms to adjust to changing circumstances beyond COVID 19 and the evidence on how digital transformation affects environmental sustainability is also mapped in the special issue.

Themes and key features of the special issue

  • Disruptive innovation
  • Digital Transformation
  • Organizational resiliance
  • Digital Technologies (Big data, IOT, AI, Blockchian, Clouding)
  • Digital transformation and sustainablity
  • Sustainablity
  • Enviromental Management
  • Responsive supply chains
  • Streaming analytics for business decision making
  • Strategic innovation
  • Business Disruption
  • Business Innovation
  • Eco-innovation
  • Developments in Supply chain 
  • Organizational Resources and Technology
  • Business Forecasting and big data


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Close date: 22nd of December 2022


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