Call for Paper: Special Issue on Rebound to Higher Levels of Operational Excellence and Export Competitiveness

Special Issue Consulting Editor

S. G. Deshmukh, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India; Email:

Guest Editors

Vivek V. Khanzode, Industrial Engineering and Manufacturing Systems, National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE), India; Email:

Anabela C. Alves, Department of Production and Systems, School of Engineering University of Minho, Braga, Portugal; Email:

Sourabh D. Kulkarni, Quantitative Techniques and Operations Management, FORE School of Management, India; Email:  


The aim of Journal of Global Business and Competitiveness (JGBC) special issue is to understand the potentials of operations and supply chains and define newer frameworks and approaches to revive operations and supply chains in post-COVID-19 times. The special issue is expected to delineate the ways to compete through lean, agile, flexible and resilient operations and supply chains to revive international competitiveness. Understanding the potential of operations and supply chains to compete in a post-pandemic business scenario is vital considering following specific reasons:

- Increasing burden on international operations for the recovery of business loss

- Sharp decline in market demands due to the severe impact on individual earnings

- Changing shop floor work-systems with limited human-human interactions, financial and logistics sanctions

-Interrupted and inconsistent supplies due to supply chain and logistics disruptions

- Disruptions in distributed manufacturing due to changing government trade-policies

- Leverage synergy between informal and formal sectors to achieve operational excellence

The special issue of JGBC aims to attract world-leading academicians to ponder on: How operations can be the source of competitive advantage in post-pandemic business landscapes? Further, the issue seeks to evolve new approaches for increasing leanness, agility, and resilience of post-pandemic operations and supply chains.

Suggested topics for submission

The empirical contributions are expected, but not limited to the following topics:

-Manufacturing competitiveness: resurgence through operational excellence

- Trade and exports excellence in manufacturing services

- Management of technology and innovation (MoT) for efficiency and flexibility

- Manufacturing process innovations and industrial engineering applications

- Reviving domestic manufacturing through reshoring and internationalisation

- Corona impact on operations and supply chain management

- Defining new normal and productivity of ‘physically distant’ workplaces and supply chains

- International manufacturing networks and information security

- International logistics and modern business landscapes

- Innovation Practices and learning from experiences in supply chain disruptions

- Managing humanitarian crisis and pandemic challenges with new-edge digital technologies

- Cooperative strategies for better balances and  to survive and rebound through disruptions

Please read the detailed Call for Papers and its updates at:

Submission of full papers: 20 January 2021

Submission details

Articles submitted to the journal should be original contributions, preferably based on empirical research, and should not be under consideration for any other publication at the same time. Authors submitting articles should follow the submission guidelines of International Journal of Global Business and Competitiveness (JGBC) for preparing the manuscripts (link below). Main manuscript should be written concisely (less than 5000 words); supporting material including appendices should be uploaded in a supplementary file. All papers will undergo double-blind review following the journal’s normal review process and criteria.

Guidelines for Submission: 

Please direct any questions on the Special Issue to Guest Editor:

 Dr. Sourabh D. Kulkarni at