Lessons from COVID-19: Building Supply Chain Resilience

Call for papers for: Continuity & Resilience Review

Guest Editors

Kum Fai Yuen, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Xue Li, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Fei Ma, School of Economics and Management, Chang’An University, China

Xueqin Wang, Department of International Logistics, Chung-Ang University, South Korea


Supply chains are vulnerable to unpredicted events, such as factory fire, explosions, geopolitical issues, natural disasters and extreme weather. The disruptions could damage organisations’ productivities, cut down demands and paralyze transportations (Parast & Shekarian, 2019). Meanwhile, a pandemic outbreak is a unique type of disruptions characterised by long-term influence, unpredictable scaling, and concurrent disruptions propagation (Ivanov, 2020). The recent COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting global businesses and raising new concerns over supply chain resilience.

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic goes beyond a regional outbreak and has become a global pandemic. Both upstream and downstream, supplies and demands are disrupted (Handfield et al., 2020). Moreover, border control and lockdown of many countries and regions, shutting down of a large number of factories, as well as shortage of workforce challenge the recovery of businesses. In the face of the particular shocks, reconsiderations on lean, globalized and specialized supply chain structures and management strategies are required (Ivanov, 2020). Existing academic research has investigated topics including risk assessment, supply chain network optimization, and inventory management (Jafarnejad et al., 2019; Singh et al., 2019; Datta, 2017). Nevertheless, prior research findings might not be well applied due to COVID-19 pandemic’s uniqueness. Therefore, advanced research on supply chain resilience management against health crises are needed.

This special issue aims to offer insightful knowledge on how COVID-19 pandemic reshapes businesses, what valuable lessons are generated and how to fortify businesses’ preparedness against future health crises. Insights in managing resilience against health crisis will be offered. Additionally, recommendations for policymakers and business professionals to manage business resilience will be provided. This special issue accepts submissions related to theoretical frameworks to enhance management, policy considerations to guide actions, case studies to articulate successful or failure responses or mathematical modelling to build business resilience. Both quantitative and qualitative studies are welcomed. Review papers are also considered in this special issue.

The research topics that will be considered in this special issue include (but are not limited to):

  1. COVID-19 impact on global supply chain
  2. Supply chain resilience and disruption
  3. Business resilience and disruption
  4. Transport resilience and disruption
  5. Supply chain risk assessment and management
  6. Supply chain network design under uncertainty
  7. Innovative supply chain and disruptive technologies
  8. Supply chain dynamism
  9. Supply chain collaboration
  10. Sustainable supply chain


Submission information

The deadline for submissions is 30 September 2021.

Prior to submission authors should consult the journal guidelines available at www.emeraldinsight.com/crr.htm. Submissions should be made online at https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/carr. Please select this special issue from the drop down menu provided during submission.



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HANDFIELD, R. B., GRAHAM, G. & BURNS, L. 2020. Corona virus, tariffs, trade wars and supply chain evolutionary design. International Journal of Operations & Production Management.

IVANOV, D. 2020. Predicting the impacts of epidemic outbreaks on global supply chains: A simulation-based analysis on the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19/SARS-CoV-2) case. Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, 136, 101922.

JAFARNEJAD, A., MOMENI, M., RAZAVI HAJIAGHA, S. H. & FARIDI KHORSHIDI, M. 2019. A dynamic supply chain resilience model for medical equipment’s industry. Journal of Modelling in Management, 14, 816-840.

PARAST, M. M. & SHEKARIAN, M. 2019. The impact of supply chain disruptions on organizational performance: A literature review. Revisiting Supply Chain Risk. Springer.

SINGH, S., GHOSH, S., JAYARAM, J. & TIWARI, M. K. 2019. Enhancing supply chain resilience using ontology-based decision support system. International Journal of Computer Integrated Manufacturing, 32, 642-657.