Call for Papers on Managing Supply Chain Disruptions with Innovative Strategies

Operations Management Research seeks submissions for a special issue on Managing Supply Chain Disruptions with Innovative Strategies: Challenges & Opportunities.

The emergencies like COVID-19 are once in a century situation that compels organizations towards unprecedented efforts for managing the supply chain systems. The resulting disruptions in supply chains due to COVID-19 are causing stock-outs of food, medical and essential commodities, and labor shortages (WHO, 2020; Larue, 2020). However, businesses are trying hard to cope with the outbreak and managing supply chain disruptions using digital technologies, technological innovations, omnichannel distributions (Belhadi et al., 2021). The organizations are working closely in collaborating with the Govt. bodies, NGOs, and Healthcare organizations to maintain the continuous supply of essential commodities. However, Mora et al. (2020) suggest that the authorities could not fully utilize ICT solutions due to inadequate socio-material arrangements during these emergencies. The disruptions have raised certain questions, such as:

  • What are the challenges, opportunities, and strategies to align the supply chain operations with the corporate strategy for increased agility and flexibility? 
  • What innovations, strategic systems, and business models can help to deal with disruptions and risks in supply chains in emergencies? 
  • What is digital technology's role in maintaining traceability, safety, and a balance among demand-supply equations in emergencies? 
  • What challenges do occur due to transportation and trade restrictions during lockdowns? 
  • What long-term impacts of pandemics like COVID-19 may happen on supply chains of manufacturing & service organizations?

Therefore, this special issue emphasizes how & why novel methodologies, innovations, intelligent transportation, and logistics with data-driven modeling methods in supply chains help the manufacturing and service organizations cope with the emergencies like COVID-19. Authors wishing to submit papers to this special issue must ensure that their research includes organizational strategy as a central part. The research having a theoretical base but lacking managerial implications, and review articles/short communications/perspectives may not be considered. The methodologies focusing on operations and supply chain management and associated strategic systems, empirical studies, and multimethod research with proper validation are especially welcome. 

The following topics are welcome but not restricted to:

  • Innovations and emerging digital technologies in emergencies
  • Role of internet-of-things and artificial intelligence in supply chain decisions
  • Traceability driven issues, product recall, and cost analysis in emergencies
  • Operational costs, retail value chain, and bullwhip effects in supply chains 
  • Traceability for risk reduction and brand enhancement 
  • Demand forecasting, allocation, and rationing 
  • Transportation & trade restrictions, inventory and freight issues 
  • Blockchain-enabled logistics and operations management for traceability & sustainability 
  • A data-driven decision model for improving logistics system performance 
  • Technology adoption status in freight logistics and transport industry 
  • Consumers’ perception of safety and ethical issues in emergencies 
  • Capability and capacity building towards the new normal 
  • Restructuring the supply chain capacities post COVID-19

Instructions for Authors

Instructions for Authors can be found at:

Authors should submit their manuscripts via the journal’s online submission site, Editorial Manager. Please make sure you select this Special Issue when prompted during the questionnaire to ensure that it will be reviewed for the Special Issue. 

Papers will be subject to a strict review process under the supervision of the Guest Editors, and accepted papers will be published online individually, before print publication.

List of Important Dates

Manuscript Submission Deadline: 30 August 2021
First Review Decisions: 30 November 2021
Revised Paper Deadline: 30 January 2022
Second Review Decisions: 30 March 2022
Second Revised Manuscript Deadline: 30 April 2022
Final Decision: 30 June 2022

Guest Editors

Sachin S. Kamble
EDHEC Business School
Roubaix, France

Rahul S. Mor
Department of Food Engineering
National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and Management
Sonepat, India

Anil Kumar
Guildhall School of Business and Law
London Metropolitan University
London, UK

Aalok Kumar
Indian Institute of Management
Visakhapatnam, India