Green recovery through sustainable supply chains: implications for Asian nations

Call for papers for: Journal of Asia Business Studies

The submission portal for this special issue will open February 1, 2021. 

Statistics show a substantially increasing trend of unexpected and catastrophic events that supply chains have experienced in the recent past. For example, 1438 epidemics have been reported by the World Health Organization (WHO) between 2010 and 2018 (Hudecheck, Siren, Grichnik, & Wincent, 2020). The impacts of these significant outbreaks are more severe for their unique features such as long-term existence of the disruptions, ripple effect on other activities, i.e., disruption propagations, and high uncertainty and simultaneous impacts on supply, demand, and infrastructure (Choi, 2020; Ivanov, 2020a; Paul and Chowdhury, 2020, Queiroz, Ivanov, Dolgui & Fosso Wamba 2020).

A recent global pandemic outbreak, known as the COVID-19 pandemic, affects both local and global supply chains most significantly. The current impact of this outbreak on supply chains is already very severe, and medium to long-term impacts are predicted to be higher than any other previous major outbreaks such as 2003 SARS and 2009 H1N1 (Haren & Simchi-Levi, 2020; Koonin, 2020; Laing, 2020). These disruptions have substantial negative consequences on the return on sales, return on profit, stock return, brand image, employment in the firms, buyers’ safety, environmental and social practices, and overall supply chain sustainability performance (Chowdhury, Lau, & Pittayachawan, 2019; Elliott, Thomas, & Muhammad, 2019; Hendricks & Singhal, 2005; Thun & Hoenig, 2011; de Sousa Jabbour et al., 2020). Moreover, the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic may go beyond the merely economic performance and affect supply chain viability (Ivanov 2020b, Ivanov and Dolgui 2020) posing the questions of supply chain resiliency, sustainability, recovery, reconfigurability (Dolgui et al. 2020).

It is now important to ask how green recovery, based on green innovation (Singh et al., 2020) and a focus on supply chains can recover sustainably from such an extraordinary epidemic and pandemic outbreak. To answer this question, this special issue focuses on publishing high-quality research articles, which explore different aspects of sustainable recovery in supply chains during and post epidemic and pandemic outbreaks such as the COVID-19 pandemic. This special issue in Journal of Asia Business Studies (JABS) is looking for both theoretical and practical contributions using qualitative and quantitative research techniques and operations research methodologies. With a focus on implications for Asian nations, topics of interest for this special issue include but are not limited to:

  • Qualitative and quantitative models for analyzing the impacts of epidemic and pandemic outbreaks in global sustainable supply chains.
  • Qualitative and quantitative models for analyzing sustainable supply chain recovery challenges and sustainable strategies for epidemic and pandemic outbreaks.
  • Analyzing environmental practices and strategies for green recovery in supply chain.  
  • Analyzing social practices and strategies for supply chain recovery. 
  • Developing qualitative and quantitative sustainable recovery plans and algorithms for large scale disruptions for supply, manufacturing, transportation, and demand.
  • Qualitative and quantitative models for the impacts of recovery plans and strategies on sustainable performance.
  • Multi-objective quantitative models for resiliency, agility, adaptability, and sustainability along with supply chain recovery for managing the impacts of epidemic and pandemic outbreaks.
  • Innovative decision-support-systems for sustainable supply chain recovery plans.
  • Management perspectives for analyzing the impacts of epidemic and pandemic outbreaks.


Prospective authors can consider any research methodology, such as case studies, surveys, interviews, secondary and archival data analysis, mathematical modeling, and other qualitative and quantitative methods. The authors must explain the managerial and practical implications of the research. 

Submission Process

All manuscripts will be reviewed as a cohort for this Special Issue (SI) in Journal of Asia Business Studies (JABS). Manuscripts must be submitted by May 31, 2021 at All submissions will go through the JABS regular double-blind review process and follow the standard norms and processes.   For more information about this special issue call for papers, please feel free to contact the SI Editors.

Important Deadlines

Paper submission: May 31, 2021

Tentative publication date: December 31, 2021

Guest Editors

  1. Prof Charbel Jose Chiappetta Jabbour

Lincoln International Business School, University of Lincoln, Lincoln, LN6 7TS, Lincolnshire, UK

Email: [email protected] 


  1. Dr Sanjoy Paul

UTS Business School, University of Technology Sydney, Sydney, Australia

Email: [email protected]



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Chowdhury, P., Lau, K. H., & Pittayachawan, S. (2019). Operational supply risk mitigation of SME and its impact on operational performance: a social capital perspective. International Journal of Operations & Production Management, 39(4), 478–502.

de Sousa Jabbour, A. B. L., Jabbour, C. J. C., Hingley, M., Vilalta-Perdomo, E. L., Ramsden, G., & Twigg, D. (2020). Sustainability of supply chains in the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19/SARS-CoV-2) pandemic: lessons and trends. Modern Supply Chain Research and Applications.

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Ivanov D., Dolgui A. (2020). Viability of Intertwined Supply Networks: Extending the Supply Chain Resilience Angles towards Survivability. A Position Paper Motivated by COVID-19 Outbreak. International Journal of Production Research, 58(10), 2904-2915.

Ivanov D. (2020b). Viable Supply Chain Model: Integrating agility, resilience and sustainability perspectives – lessons from and thinking beyond the COVID-19 pandemic. Annals of Operations Research, DOI: 10.1007/s10479-020-03640-6

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Paul, S.K., & Chowdhury, P. (2020). A production recovery plan in manufacturing supply chains for a high-demand item during COVID-19. International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management. in press. 1-22.

Queiroz M.M., Ivanov D., Dolgui A., Fosso Wamba S. (2020). Impacts of Epidemic Outbreaks on Supply Chains: Mapping a Research Agenda Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic through a Structured Literature Review. Annals of Operations Research, DOI: 10.1007/s10479-020-03685-7.

Singh, S. K., Del Giudice, M., Chierici, R., & Graziano, D. (2020). Green innovation and environmental performance: The role of green transformational leadership and green human resource management. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 150, 119762.

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