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Advances in Supply Chain Resilience and Extended Issues of Operations Management

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Management".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2024 | Viewed by 7160

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Department of Logistics, Technical University of Czestochowa, Faculty of Management, 40-201 Czestochowa, Poland
Interests: management of transport and logistics activities; supply chain management; risk in business; management of resources

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Department of Logistics, Technical University of Czestochowa, Faculty of Management, 40-201 Czestochowa, Poland
Interests: green logistics; sustainable logistics; environmental proactivity; green strategies

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Department of Logistics, Technical University of Czestochowa, Faculty of Management, 40-201 Czestochowa, Poland
Interests: logistics management; supply chain management; transportation management; third party logistics; logistics service quality; logistics customer service

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Markets globalization and the associated massive international trade mean that any market mechanisms disruption threatens supply chain resilience. The recent crisis caused by the pandemic, as well as the upcoming global economic crisis, pose new challenges for organizations. They are concerned with the way of building and maintaining supply chain resilience, so as to ensure logistic continuity, operational efficiency and implemented flow cost-effectiveness. The turbulence taking place in the environment of the organizations has proven that they are not fully prepared for such serious market changes. Furthermore, striving to increase the security of continuity of supplies or changing consumer trends results in strengthening local suppliers’ position.

Building a longer-reach chain resilience requires the implementation of a proper operational strategy. This forces enterprises to be able to analyze new signals coming from the market and make quick decisions to avoid excessive congestion or losses. Meanwhile, the lack of coordination and cooperation visible during the crisis, resulting from future events uncertainty, results in a lack of synergy between individual supply chain links. This significantly weakens the already damaged strength of the global supply chain. The search for sustainable solutions to build and maintain supply chain resilience in crisis conditions, in conjunction with the operational management of enterprises, is an important and current challenge for the governments of global economies and international enterprises.

In this Special Issue, original research articles and reviews are welcome. Research areas may include (but are not limited to) the following: building the resilience of the supply chain; coordination and cooperation between individual supply chain links; supply chain risk management; the impact of crisis situations on the continuity of supplies; resilience and green supply chain management; third party logistics; logistics service quality; logistics customer service; crisis management; risk management.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Dr. Katarzyna Grondys
Prof. Dr. Oksana Seroka-Stolka
Dr. Marta Kadłubek
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • resilience
  • recession
  • operations management
  • market changes
  • ensuring continuity of the supply chain
  • customer management
  • pandemic
  • coordination
  • cooperation
  • logistics management

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Enhancing Supply Chain Efficiency: A Two-Stage Model for Evaluating Multiple Sourcing and Extra Procurement Strategy Optimization
by Chong-Keun Kim, Chanho Lee, DongKyun Kim, Hyungjoo Cha and Taesu Cheong
Sustainability 2023, 15(22), 16122; https://doi.org/10.3390/su152216122 - 20 Nov 2023
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This paper presents a two-stage mathematical model aimed at enhancing supply chain efficiency by evaluating multiple sourcing strategies and optimizing extra procurement. In the first stage, the model minimizes the gap between Sales and Operation Planning (SOP) and maximum product quantity achievable with [...] Read more.
This paper presents a two-stage mathematical model aimed at enhancing supply chain efficiency by evaluating multiple sourcing strategies and optimizing extra procurement. In the first stage, the model minimizes the gap between Sales and Operation Planning (SOP) and maximum product quantity achievable with current inventory levels, setting the foundation for understanding resource requirements. The second stage focuses on extra procurement strategy optimization, considering lead times, cost-effectiveness. We analyze the trade-offs between multiple sourcing and single vendor approaches, providing valuable insights for supply chain decision-makers. This research offers a practical framework to improve supply chain efficiency, reduce gaps, and enhance customer satisfaction while strengthening supply chain resilience in the face of unforeseen challenges, as demonstrated by the lessons from the COVID-19 pandemics. Full article
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Investigating the Role of Supply Chain Environmental Risk in Shaping the Nexus of Supply Chain Agility, Resilience, and Performance
by Chia-Chun Hsieh, Shieh-Liang Chen and Chun-Chen Huang
Sustainability 2023, 15(20), 15003; https://doi.org/10.3390/su152015003 - 18 Oct 2023
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Supply chain environmental risks are pivotal situational factors that significantly influence the intricate relationship between a business’s supply chain agility, supply chain resilience, and its ultimate supply chain performance. This study aims to explore the interplay between supply chain agility, supply chain resilience, [...] Read more.
Supply chain environmental risks are pivotal situational factors that significantly influence the intricate relationship between a business’s supply chain agility, supply chain resilience, and its ultimate supply chain performance. This study aims to explore the interplay between supply chain agility, supply chain resilience, and supply chain performance, while also investigating the moderating effect of supply chain environmental risks. Data analysis was conducted using hierarchical regression based on a questionnaire survey involving 416 companies in Taiwan’s manufacturing supply chain. The findings reveal several key insights. Firstly, supply chain agility has a positive influence on supply chain resilience, highlighting the importance of a flexible and responsive supply chain to handle challenges effectively. Secondly, supply chain resilience plays a vital role in determining supply chain performance, underscoring its significance in maintaining operational efficiency and effectiveness. Furthermore, the study identifies that supply chain environmental risks can act as a positive moderator in the relationship between supply chain agility and supply chain resilience. In other words, when faced with environmental risks, companies with higher supply chain agility can leverage this capability to reinforce their supply chain resilience, leading to improved supply chain performance. Additionally, the results shed light on the mediating role of supply chain resilience between supply chain agility and supply chain performance. This suggests that a resilient supply chain acts as an intermediary mechanism through which the positive effects of supply chain agility translate into enhanced overall performance. Given the uncertain and turbulent market environment today, these findings emphasize the importance of adopting supply chain agility and supply chain resilience as indispensable business strategies. Therefore, enterprise leaders and managers should proactively implement measures to enhance these aspects of their supply chain to effectively navigate and overcome environmental risks, ultimately driving supply chain performance. Full article
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Unveiling Supply Chain Nervousness: A Strategic Framework for Disruption Management under Fuzzy Environment
by Mahmoud Z. Mistarihi and Ghazi M. Magableh
Sustainability 2023, 15(14), 11179; https://doi.org/10.3390/su151411179 - 18 Jul 2023
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Supply chains are increasingly vulnerable to disruptions due to the complex and interconnected nature of global business operations. Supply chain nervousness (SCN) leads to inefficiencies and disruptions in the flow of goods and services. Managing SCN is critical for sustaining the continuity of [...] Read more.
Supply chains are increasingly vulnerable to disruptions due to the complex and interconnected nature of global business operations. Supply chain nervousness (SCN) leads to inefficiencies and disruptions in the flow of goods and services. Managing SCN is critical for sustaining the continuity of business operations in today’s dynamic and uncertain business environment. To address this issue, this study proposes a strategic framework that integrates key components of supply chain nervousness management and establishes a robust framework that prioritizes these factors based on their relative importance. By incorporating the fuzzy-ELECTRE methodology into the analysis, the proposed framework acknowledges the inherent uncertainties and imprecisions present in supply chain disruptions. It offers a systematic and comprehensive approach to prioritizing and managing SCN factors, considering both qualitative and quantitative assessments. To validate the effectiveness of the proposed framework, a case study is conducted in a real-world supply chain context. The results highlight demand variability as the factor with the greatest impact on SCN. Moreover, the results demonstrate the framework’s ability to effectively manage SCN by providing valuable insights for practitioners and researchers seeking to understand the causes of supply chain nervousness and mitigate its impact. The contributions of this research lie in providing decision-makers with a strategic framework for disruption management under fuzzy environments. The proposed approach enhances the understanding of SCN and enables proactive decision making to mitigate its negative consequences. Full article
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Alleviating the Bauxite Maritime Supply Chain Risks through Resilient Strategies: QFD-MCDM with Intuitionistic Fuzzy Decision Approach
by Jiachen Sun, Haiyan Wang and Zhimin Cui
Sustainability 2023, 15(10), 8244; https://doi.org/10.3390/su15108244 - 18 May 2023
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With the development of the global economy and energy supply chain, the uncertainty and complexity of the bauxite maritime supply chain (BMSC) has been further increased. Determining the crucial risks and improving the supply chain’s resilient capacity based on operation objectives has become [...] Read more.
With the development of the global economy and energy supply chain, the uncertainty and complexity of the bauxite maritime supply chain (BMSC) has been further increased. Determining the crucial risks and improving the supply chain’s resilient capacity based on operation objectives has become important, in order to ensure the sustainability and competitiveness of the BMSC. This paper combines quality function deployment (QFD), a multi-criteria decision method (MCDM), and intuitionistic fuzzy set (IFS); an integrated methodology is developed to achieve efficient design of BMSC resilient strategies (RESs), taking into account both customer requirements (CRs) and risk factors (RFs). A combined weighting method is employed to determine each CR’s importance. A decision-making trial and evaluation laboratory (DEMATEL) method is adopted to determine the RFs’ interrelationships. The results obtained with the MCDM are incorporated into QFD to construct a two-stage house of quality (HoQ) model, which transforms CRs into RFs, and then into RESs. The real case of the Guinea–China bauxite import supply chain is studied to demonstrate the applicability and validity of the proposed framework. Research results reveal that the most important CR is ‘stability’. ‘Information sharing asymmetry’, ‘poor ship stability or obsolete equipment performance’, and ‘lack of coordination between shipping and ports’ are the most severe risks impacting the operation of supply chain. Furthermore, ‘constructing strategic alliances’ contributes to alleviating potential risks, optimizing the allocation of resources, and finally, improving the resilience of the BMSC significantly. This paper will help managers to understand how to achieve sustainable development of the supply chain through resilient strategies, and will aid rational decision-making in the management and operation of a resilient BMSC for alleviating risk. Full article
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