Sustainable and resilient extractive and circular economies under uncertainty

Submission date: 31st March 2021

Guest editors

Associate Professor Larissa Statsenko, University of South Australia

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Associate Professor Nicholas Chileshe, University of South Australia

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Dr Rebekka Volk, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) – The Research University in the Helmholtz  Association

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Dr Peter Warrian, University of Toronto, Canada

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Overview of special issue

Increasing uncertainty of the economic and business environment causing demand fluctuations coupled with rapid technological developments, digitization and globalisation have highlighted the need for systemic transformation of supply chains in extractive (mining and Oil & Gas (O&G)) and construction (construction and demolition (C&D)) industries. These industries are currently facing a range of systemic changes introducing unprecedented managerial challenges: increasing pressure for sustainable practices, Industry 4.0 enterprise and supply chain digitalization and post-BIM era in construction industry. In addition, the recent global pandemic has demonstrated vulnerabilities of the globally connected supply chains creating a pressing need to develop novel organisational strategies and legal and regulatory frameworks to cope with unprecedented and unforeseen ‘black swan’ events to ensure resilient operations and uninterrupted service/supply of goods.

This special issue explores mining, O&G and C&D sectors to be at the forefront of adapting to emerging trends and to be prepared to face the uncertainty, change of consumer behaviour and innovation dynamics in supply chains. Supplier-led disruptive innovations in extractive and construction sectors becoming a new norm. Consumer-led change in demanded service and consumption patterns due to black swan events might also occur. Digitalisation, Industry 4.0 and increased pressure for sustainable operations have further heightened the need for a renewed research and political agendas that call for innovative approaches, decision-making frameworks and tools to drive systemic changes in these sectors through more sustainable and resilient supply chains. 

Developing innovative approaches and managerial practices utilising the best of modern technology developments to tackle complexity and uncertainty is a key challenge and opportunity for value creation in extractive and construction sector supply chains. 

Indicative list of anticipated themes

Papers are sought from different perspectives focusing on conceptual issues and empirical studies, which could revolve around (but are not limited to) the following themes:

  • Sustainable supply chains: material, component and systems performance (recycling & circular economy), reverse logistics supply chain management (RLSCM), closed-loop supply chains, advanced waste management practices and management, sustainability criteria, indicators, measurement and practices.
  • Industry 4.0 and supply chain digitalisation: application Industry 4.0 technologies in operations, project delivery systems, mining operations and construction site logistics. 
  • Resilient supply chains and project delivery systems: end-to-end supply chain visibility and illumination, supply network modelling, supply chain collaborative practices and culture, risk management, frameworks for systemic and cascading risks.
  • Organisational management, research methodologies and systemic innovations: sociopolitical, legal and regulatory, technological, market, and cultural enablers for transformative changes in extractive and construction sectors; leadership and management; stakeholder engagement.
  • Case studies: application of organisational, legal and regulatory, and managerial frameworks to facilitate transformative changes and systemic innovations in extractive and construction sectors.

Key dates

Submission window opens: 1st September 2020

Submission closes: 28th February 2021

Submission details

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