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Decision-Making Approaches to Support the Sustainability of Supply Chain System in Pandemic Disruptions

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 February 2022) | Viewed by 21587

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ESIC Business and Marketing school, Madrid, Spain
Interests: supply chain management, decision making and uncertainty, sustainable development, strategic management

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Department of Mechanical Engineering, MCKV Institute of Engineering, West Bengal, India
Interests: multi-criteria decision-making (MCDM); multi-objective decision-making (MODM); sustainability modelling; green supplychain management; manufacturing process optimization; fuzzy; rough and neutrosophic theories
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Faculty of Transport & Logistics, Muscat University, Building 142, Al Ghubra North, P.O. Box 550, P.C. 130, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman
Interests: sustainable and resilient supply chains; food waste management; multi-objective optimization; MCDM analysis; ICT in supply chain management, circular economy; SCM and I. 4.0

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CES4.0, Industrial Engineering Department, University of Talca-Chile, Talca, Chile
Interests: addressing and solving problems at the interface of climate change and sustainability that arise in many different fields, such as supply chain, energy efficiency, low-carbon economy, carbon capture and storage, smart city, smart manufacturing, sustainable sourcing, sustainable and resilience supply chain, and sustainable operations management; the integration of disruptive technology, business processes, and operations research methods, which plays a key role in understanding and solving complex problems; integrating mathematical models, big data, blockchain, and internet technology to understand, model, and provide practical solutions to companies and organizations that need to address climate change and sustainability problems; sustainable development goals
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In critical times, when human estimations collapse by unpredicted events and disasters, the structure and formation of societal infrastructure become very significant. The risk of spreading a virus in the COVID-19 pandemic situation is becoming a globalized problem which has stopped economies, blocked the doors of industrial units, and silenced the engines of production systems. During this phase, roles of sustainable supply chains, operations, and circular economy are becoming more significant than before.

The current COVID-19 pandemic has created massive disruptions in supply, demand, and production. Such an outbreak reveals the darkness in non-dynamism supply chains (Ivanov, 2020; Mohammed, 2020). It is obvious that COVID-19 proved that many organizations are still not totally aware and could have educated their managers about the possible significant risks of COVID-19 like disruptions on their global supply chain relationships. The Institute of Supply Management (ISM) reported that 75% of companies expect decreased revenue at an average of 5.6% due to the COVID-19 disruption (Bridget McCrea, 2020). Fortune (Fortune, 2020) announced 940 fortune companies perceived COVID-19 pandemic as supply chain disruptions. Similarly, recently, Dun & Bradstreet (2020) reported that the city of Wuhan, where COVID-19 was first reported, hosts one or more direct suppliers for 51,000 firms and one or more tier-two suppliers for least 5 million firms around the world.

This Special Issue (SI) aims to address the advantages and consequences of a dynamic and resilient supply chain system along with its connected elements. It endeavors to establish analytical and intelligent models for the issues and problems, as consequences by COVID-19. The SI would also help researchers and practitioners to answer questions such as: how could decision-making help managers in managing their supply chain risks? How would decision-making improve global supply chains in recovering from COVID- 19 pandemic disruptions in future? How would Industry 4.0 applications help in improving supply chain risk management?

This SI looks for novel ideas, strategies, and models first to aid the economy, and then to push industrial and production partners to rethink, feed, and maintain the local and international markets after COVID-19 disruption. All types of methodologies such as, but not limited to, qualitative and quantitative empirical research, operations research and operations management, and simulation and mathematical modeling are welcome. We especially welcome multidisciplinary studies that link sustainability and resiliency in supply chain risk management. Prospective authors have to point out problems in the fundamental disciplines like operations management, sustainability, circular economy, supply chain and logistics, industry 4.0, manufacturing and production, development, and marketing to name a few.

Dr. Morteza Yazdani
Dr. Prasenjit Chatterjee
Dr. Ahmed Maher
Prof. Ernesto DR Santibanez Gonzalez
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Supply chain disruption
  • Operations management
  • Decision-making theories
  • Pandemic
  • Marketing
  • Sustainability
  • Development
  • Circular Economy

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A Novel Multi-Criteria Assessment Approach for Post-COVID-19 Production Strategies in Vietnam Manufacturing Industry: OPA–Fuzzy EDAS Model
by Minh-Tai Le and Nhat-Luong Nhieu
Sustainability 2022, 14(8), 4732; https://doi.org/10.3390/su14084732 - 14 Apr 2022
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The global manufacturing supply chain has been disrupted by the negative impacts of the pandemic. In Southeast Asia, Vietnam’s manufacturing industry is one of the most strongly integrated with global and regional supply chains. The production strategies in the “new normal” are the [...] Read more.
The global manufacturing supply chain has been disrupted by the negative impacts of the pandemic. In Southeast Asia, Vietnam’s manufacturing industry is one of the most strongly integrated with global and regional supply chains. The production strategies in the “new normal” are the key solution to the survival and sustainable development of manufacturers. This study aims to develop a two-stage framework to investigate the impacts of COVID-19 and the post-COVID-19 production strategies for Vietnam’s manufacturing industry. As a theoretical contribution, this study proposes a novel and robust integration approach, which combines the Ordinal Priority Approach (OPA) and Fuzzy Evaluation Based on Distance from Average Solution (Fuzzy EDAS), for the first time. The negative impacts of the pandemic were identified and weighted by the OPA method. Then, production strategies were comprehensively evaluated using the Fuzzy EDAS method. Findings indicate that digitization and on-site renewable energy are the most essential recovery strategies for manufacturing in Vietnam. These findings are validated by comparisons with the results of recent multiple criteria decision-making (MCDM) methods. Furthermore, weight sensitivity analysis reveals different suitability of strategies for short-term and long-term negative impacts. As a managerial implication, the multi-scenario ranking results help managers to make resource-allocation decisions for the implementation of post-COVID-19 production strategies. Full article
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A Hybrid MCDM Approach towards Resilient Sourcing
by Ahmed Mohammed, Morteza Yazdani, Amar Oukil and Ernesto D. R. Santibanez Gonzalez
Sustainability 2021, 13(5), 2695; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13052695 - 02 Mar 2021
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Achieving a supply chain that is resilient to potential unforeseen disruptions (e.g., strikes, floods, tsunamis, etc.) remains one of the vital concerns of decision makers (DMs). To build up a reactive supply chain plan towards resilience, the purchasing department needs to pay the [...] Read more.
Achieving a supply chain that is resilient to potential unforeseen disruptions (e.g., strikes, floods, tsunamis, etc.) remains one of the vital concerns of decision makers (DMs). To build up a reactive supply chain plan towards resilience, the purchasing department needs to pay the strictest attention to sourcing decisions. This study contributes to the literature through developing an efficient resilient supplier selection approach based on a new holistic framework that enables the identification of key resilience pillars (RPs) and traditional business criteria (TBC) in light of a thorough literature review and experts’ opinions. To this end, the relative importance of TBC/RP was measured by applying the DEMATEL (D) method. This was followed by the application of MABAC-OCRA-TOPSIS-VIKOR (MOTV) methods to verify the suppliers’ ranking. Furthermore, the Spearman rank correlation coefficient (SRCC) approach was used to investigate the correlation among the suppliers’ ranking, revealed via the four methods. In this work, a real sourcing problem of scrap metal for a steel manufacturing company was solved to prove the applicability of the proposed approach. The research outcome revealed that the TBC of “trust” is the most important criterion, followed by the “cost”, leaving the “geographical location” criterion as the least important one. In this context, the RP of “flexibility” attained the highest relative weight compared to “agility”, which secured the lowest weight. The results also showed “absolute” correlation among MABAC, VIKOR, and OCRA compared to “very strong” correlation between TOPSIS and the others. This research can support supply chain managers to achieve supply chain systems that reduce not only sourcing costs, but also potential losses because of disrupting threats, by building resilient supply chains. Full article
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Strategies to Manage the Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic in the Supply Chain: Implications for Improving Economic and Social Sustainability
by Hasin Md. Muhtasim Taqi, Humaira Nafisa Ahmed, Sumit Paul, Maryam Garshasbi, Syed Mithun Ali, Golam Kabir and Sanjoy Kumar Paul
Sustainability 2020, 12(22), 9483; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12229483 - 14 Nov 2020
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This paper aims to identify the negative impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak on supply chains and propose strategies to deal with the impacts in the context of the readymade garment (RMG) industry supply chain of an emerging economy: Bangladesh. To achieve the aims, [...] Read more.
This paper aims to identify the negative impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak on supply chains and propose strategies to deal with the impacts in the context of the readymade garment (RMG) industry supply chain of an emerging economy: Bangladesh. To achieve the aims, a methodological framework is proposed through a literature review, expert inputs, and a decision-aid tool, namely the grey-based digraph-matrix method. A total of 10 types of negative impacts and 22 strategic measures to tackle the impacts were identified based on the literature review and expert inputs. Then, the grey-based digraph-matrix was applied for modeling the strategic measures based on their influence to deal with the impacts. Findings reveal that the strategies “manufacturing flexibility”, “diversify the source of supply”, and “develop backup suppliers” have significant positive consequences for managing the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in the RMG supply chain. The findings help industrial managers recover from supply chain disruptions by identifying and classifying the impacts and strategies required to manage the major supply chain disturbances caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. As a theoretical contribution, this study is one of few initial attempts to evaluate the impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak and the strategies to deal with the impacts in the supply chain context. Full article
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Recent Trends in Sustainable Inventory Models: A Literature Review
by Suchitra Pattnaik, Mitali Madhusmita Nayak, Stefano Abbate and Piera Centobelli
Sustainability 2021, 13(21), 11756; https://doi.org/10.3390/su132111756 - 25 Oct 2021
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Greenhouse gas emissions are increasing global warming significantly, hence the need for manufacturing companies to include sustainability strategies in their supply chain to reduce emissions generated by their operations. This article aims to provide a systematic literature review on integrating sustainability issues into [...] Read more.
Greenhouse gas emissions are increasing global warming significantly, hence the need for manufacturing companies to include sustainability strategies in their supply chain to reduce emissions generated by their operations. This article aims to provide a systematic literature review on integrating sustainability issues into inventory management models to support scholars and practitioners in decision-making processes according to their market requirements. Thus, this paper discusses the most relevant papers published on inventory management topics that consider environmental criteria such as greenhouse gas emissions, ecological quality controls, unsold inventory, and fixed carbon costs. Therefore, we have extended the literature review to incorporate sustainability considerations in inventory models involving an industry’s environmental and social effects. As a result, in this article, a detailed analysis of the existing literature and related weaknesses provide meaningful discussions on crucial issues for future field research avenues in the field. Full article
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