Resilience in Sustainable Supply Chain post-COVID19: Future Pathways

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Resilience in Sustainable Supply Chain post-COVID-19: Future Pathways

The recent outbreak of COVID-19 one of the most cursing pandemics faced by human civilisation. A whopping 94% of the fortune 1000 companies have experienced supply chain disruptions due to COVID-19 (Ivanov, 2020; Fortune 2020). Therefore, it will be interesting to see how various global supply chains will cope with this unprecedented crisis. Will it bring a paradigm shift in supply chain resilience? In last two decades, researchers have addressed various facets of supply chain risk management like risk identification, assessment, mitigation and monitoring. While building resilience in sustainable supply chain has been proposed to tackle supply chain risks, outbreak of COVID-19 has proved beyond doubt that traditional strategies like agility, robustness, flexibility, redundant capacity, surplus inventory (Chopra and Sodhi, 2004; López & Ruiz-Benítez, 2019) are necessary but not sufficient to cope with this kind of global pandemic. It needs to be deliberated whether a system of flexible manufacturing and logistics network can bring a new dimension to sustainable supply chain resilience? For example, automobile manufacturer Shanghai-GM-Wuling (SGMW) quickly redesigned its flexible production system to produce face masks during the COVID-19 outbreak as the demand for automobile declined whereas it increased drastically for mask (Betti and Ni, 2020). It is also certain that there will be some behavioral changes among consumers, during and post lock-down, which will reduce the demands of most of the luxury goods whereas the demand for certain pharmaceutical (chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine) and healthcare (mask, personal protective equipment etc.) products will increase drastically (Yu et al., 2020). How the procurement strategies should be tuned for food, pharmaceutical and healthcare supply chains to meet this vagary of demand? Will it may be plausible to blend ‘Localization’ with ‘Globalization’ and practice ‘Glocalization’ as suggested by Sarkis et al. (2020)? 
New opportunities may also emerge as meeting, education and training programs are switching over to on-line mode saving time, transportation cost and associated carbon emissions. Emergence of Industry 4.0 will integrate the procurement-manufacturing-logistics by amalgamating cyber-physical systems through Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence, big data etc. This may usher in complete transparency, visibility, interoperability and automation, thereby facilitating supply chain resilience in the post COVID-19 era. 
The aim of this special issue would be to come out with a collection of qualitative and empirical research papers focusing on the resilience in sustainable supply chain to cope with disruptions caused by global pandemic like COVID-19.
Topics for this special issue include, but are not limited to, the following:
•    Procurement and manufacturing strategies to manage pandemic risks in sustainable supply chain
•    Logistics strategies to manage pandemic risks in sustainable supply chain
•    Disruptions in the supply chains and implications on sustainability
•    Social sustainability risks due to pandemic disruptions and their mitigation 
•    Reshaping the resilience in supply chain and logistics against pandemic disruptions
•    Key performance indicators for combining sustainability and resilience supply chain
•    Robust sustainable supply chain and logistics network design post COVID-19
•    Emerging technologies (Industry 4.0, Blockchain, IoT etc.) to mitigate supply chain disruptions during pandemics.


Deadline for submission: 
30 April, 2021
Authors are encouraged to consult the IJLM author guidelines, found here. Submissions to be made through the Scholar one manuscript submission portal, the portal will open January 31 2021. 

Expected publication:
Vol 34, No. 1

Guest Editors
Dr. K. Mathiyazhagan,
Associate Professor,
Operations & Quantitative Methods,
Thiagarajar School of Management (Autonomous),
Madurai, Tamilnadu
Email: [email protected] 
            [email protected]  

Prof. Abhijit Majumdar 
Institute Chair Professor
Department of Textile & Fibre Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology Delhi
New Delhi 110 016
Email: [email protected] 

Dr. Andrea Appolloni,
Department of Management and Law, University of Rome Tor Vergata, 
Via Columbia, 2, Rome 00133, Italy.
Email: [email protected] 

Suggested Readings
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Chopra, S., Sodhi, M.S. (2004). Managing risk to avoid supply chain breakdown. MIT Sloan Manag. Review. 46, 53-61. 
Fortune, 2020., accessed on March 10, 2020.
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Li, Y., Zobel, C. W., & Russell, R. S. (2017). Value of supply disruption information and information accuracy. Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management, 23(3), 191-201.
López, C., & Ruiz-Benítez, R. (2019). Multilayer analysis of supply chain strategies’ impact on sustainability. Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management, 100535.
Sarkis, J., Cohen, M. J., Dewick, P., Schroder, P., (2020). A Brave New World: Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic for Transitioning to Sustainable Supply and Production, Resources, Conservation & Recycling, 
Yu, D. E. C., Razon, L. F., Tan, R. R., (2020). Can Global Pharmaceutical Supply Chains Scale Up Sustainably for the COVID-19 Crisis?, Resources, Conservation & Recycling, doi: