Call for Papers on The Role of Project Management for More Resilient Supply Chains: Lessons Learned from COVID-19 Outbreak

Operations Management Research seeks submissions for a special issue on The Role of Project Management for More Resilient Supply Chains: Lessons Learned from COVID-19 Outbreak.

On December of 2019, the unexpected, unprecedented and historic coronavirus pandemic emerged initially in China, having spread months after to the world. The COVID-19 event has been challenging supply chains from different segments of business, requiring new solutions and redesigns from supply chains’ manager's in order to keep the continuity and resilience of the downstream and upstream flows. During the pandemic peak, several industry segments suffered disruptions on their supply chains evidencing the severity of this event (Haren and Simchi-Levi, 2020).

COVID-19 outbreak represents an opportunity to rethink the ways in how to design, plan and control supply chains as a true source of learning in order to better prepare supply chains to the future unexpected events such as the current pandemic (Van Hoek, 2020).  In that same sense, Yu et al. (2019) point out that the dynamism of supply chains is not actually a threat but an opportunity to create a disruption-oriented supply chain. Moreover, it is crucial to supply chains to conside disruption management in order to effectively manage and recover from a disruption event (Mcdonald and Corsi, 2013). Also, taking into consideration the transformation that organizations are suffering due to the current pandemic, Pádár, Pataki and Sebestyén (2017) emphasize the importance in understanding the phenomenon of projects and changes occurring at the same time.

Besides the resilience aspect, an event with the magnitude of  COVID-19 can and should lead practitioners and academics to rethink new management approaches for the supply chains. Jabbour (2020) suggests rethinking supply chains, once this coronavirus pandemic evidenced their importance for the economy. Sarkis et al. (2020) claim the need for more sustainable supply chains after the coronavirus pandemic occurrence. Frederico (2020) points out the relevance of the maturity management of supply chains for the achievement of more resilience being as part of this the Project Management dimension.

Few research studies have been undertaken regarding Project Management and Resilience aspects. However, those are not directly linked to the supply chain context. For instance, Crawford, Langston and Bajracharya (2013) showed the importance of project management and stakeholders engagement for the improvement of disaster resilience. Prasad et al. (2019) proposed that the internal characteristics of disaster project management influences disasters resilience, but the study is not specific to the supply chain context. Bray (2017) conceptualizes projects on the resilience aspect, presenting dimensions amongst other aspects on this subject.

Hence, given that Project Management is an important managerial element of the supply chain, especially on the design and deployment of supply chains’ strategy, it becomes paramount to understand how Project Management performs during the change of supply chain dynamism, with the special and relevant case of the COVID-19 event.

Suitable Research Topics

The COVID-19 pandemic represents an opportunity to better understand the role of Project Management on the supply chain response to the disruption situations. Also, it may provide insights regarding the challenges faced on the Project Management implementation during the period of the pandemic. For this SI, practical and theoretical insights are required in order to obtain new frameworks and evidence regarding Project Management in supply chains, in the context of unexpected situations. Some topics of research that might be proposed to that SI by the authors, but are not limited to, include:

  • The impacts on projects and programs in supply chains due to changes occurred in organizations amid the COVID-19 pandemic
  • The role of Project Management on organizational changes in order to adapt supply chains to the new normal
  • The influence of Project Management maturity on the changes required for a better supply chain response
  • The role of Project Management methodologies on the design of supply chains’ resilience 
  • Influence of Project Management on the performance of supply chains and organizations during the pandemic period
  • The role of Project Management on the implementation of sustainable and resilient supply chains for the post-COVID-19 pandemic
  • The role of Project Management on the implementation of disruptive technologies in supply chains on the aim for more resilience
  • Rapid project deployment at Organizations amid unexpected and impacting events such as COVID-19
  • The role of Project Management on humanitarian supply chains programs
  • The role of Project Management in the recovery of supply chains and organizations

For this special issue, empirical research studies are a key focus. Surveys, case studies and action research might be appropriate for this Special Issue. Relevant conceptual proposals may be also considered. Should you have any query regarding this special issue please do not hesitate to contact one of the guest editors.

Instructions for Authors

Instructions for Authors can be found at:

Authors should submit their manuscripts via the journal’s online submission site, Editorial Manager, and select this 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: 28 May 2021
Notification of First Decision:  30 July 2021
Revised Version Submission: 2 October 2021
Final Decision: 4 December 2021
Expected Publication: First Half of 2022

Guest Editors

Guilherme F. Frederico
School of Management
Federal University of Paraná – UFPR, Brazil

Jose Arturo Garza-Reyes
Centre for Supply Chain Improvement
University of Derby, UK

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

Vikas Kumar
Bristol Business School
University of the West of England, UK


Blay, Karen B.. 2019. “Resilience in Projects: Definition, Dimensions, Antecedents and Consequences”. PhD Thesis, Loughborough University. Available at:

Crawford, L., Langston, C. and Bajracharya, B. (2013), "Participatory project management for improved disaster resilience", International Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment, Vol. 4 No. 3, pp. 317-333.

Frederico, G. F. (2020), “In Times of Coronavirus, Maturity in Supply Chain Management Really Matters!”, Supply Chain Management Review,, Accessed June 2020.

Haren, P, and Simchi-Levi, D. (2020), “How Coronavirus Could Impact the Global Supply Chain by Mid-March”, Harvard Business Review,, Accessed on Feb. 2020.

Jabbour, A.B. L.S., Jabbour, C.J.C., Hingley, M., Vilalta-Perdomo, E.L., Ramsden, G. and 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, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print.

Macdonald, J. R. and Corsi, T. M. (2013). “Supply Chain Disruption Management: Severe Events, Recovery, and Performance”, Journal of Business Logistics, Vol.34 No.4, pp. 270-288.

Pádár, K., Pataki, B. and Sebestyén, Z. (2017), "Bringing project and change management roles into sync", Journal of Organizational Change Management, Vol. 30 No. 5, pp. 797-822.

Prasad, S., Woldt, J., Tata, J. and Altay, N. (2019), " Application of project management to disaster resilience", Annals of Operations Research, Vol. 283, pp. 561-590.

Sarkis, J., Cohen, M.J., Dewick, P. and Schr€oder, P. (2020), “A brave new world: lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic for transitioning to sustainable supply and production”, Resources, Conservation, and Recycling, Vol. 159, 104894. 

Van    Hoek,    R.  (2020) “Research opportunities for a more resilient post-COVID-19 supply chain – closing the gap between research findings and industry practice”, International Journal of Operations & Production Management. Vol.40 No.4, pp. 341-355.

Yu, W. R., Jacobs, M. A., Chavez, R. and Yang, J. (2019) “Dynamism, disruption orientation, and resilience in the supply chain and the impacts on financial performance: A dynamic capabilities perspective”, International Journal of Production Economics, Vol.218, pp.352-362.