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Sustainable Development of Supply Chains and Systems

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2022) | Viewed by 15386

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Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research, School of Engineering, Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT 06824, USA
Interests: supply chain management; logistics; operations research; decision theory; forecasting techniques
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Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, Northeastern University, Boston, MA 02115, USA
Interests: green manufacturing; green supply chains; disassembly modeling; remanufacturing; reverse logistics; managing end of life products; environmentally conscious manufacturing; manufacturing sustainability; reverse and closed-loop supply chains

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Department of Economics and Business Analytics, University of New Haven, Orange, CT 06477, USA
Interests: business process analysis; sustainable supply chains; probability and statistics; machine learning; applied artificial intelligence; fuzzy systems; forecasting and operations research
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Sustainability is at the forefront of all activities in today’s industry. The topic has not only gained importance over the past decade but has also expanded in its definition to include not only economic and financial stability, but also environmental and social wellbeing. This set of goals is commonly referred to as triple bottomline and has been studied by different groups of researchers with their varying focus and methodologies.

Triple-bottomline approaches coupled with newly emerging technologies including, but not limited to Artificial Intelligence (AI), Augmented Intelligence, Machine Learning (ML), pattern recognition, robotic process automation (RPA), blockchains, smart contracts, text and Big Data analytics, and the increasing impact of social media on consumer preferences require careful analysis when aligning and transforming existing supply chains. The alignment and transformation efforts gain greater focus when high-impact and unprecedented business interruptions occur.

Out of these advancements, digital technologies in particular allow for measurement and quantification of customer behavior and interaction at a granular level, providing a unique opportunity to organizations. Through digitalization, linking the impact of new technology utilization to the key performance indicators (KPIs) and overall business outcomes becomes feasible [1]. A clear definition of performance measurements ensures competitive advantage while enhancing the efficiency of business operations. The impact of digital technologies is not limited to business. The National Intelligence Center [2] defines the role of information-technology-based solutions that aim at increasing economic productivity and quality of life as critical in terms of resource consumption and environmental degradation. This Special Issue also invites studies that aim at social and environmental wellbeing, with a focus on the utilization of blockhains, smart contracts, and cryptocurrencies.

The transformation of the global market and strict environmental regulations cause exponential complexity in managerial and operational layers of downstream and upstream supply chains [3]. Adding urgency to the implementation of transformational strategic plans, the recent pandemic has led to the rethinking of overall business strategies and accompanying partnerships and highlighted the importance of agility. That is, in order to mitigate risk, agility has arisen as a greater concern compared to cost, especially for responsive product and service providers. This issue focuses on the application of new and emerging technology utilization for creating agile and sustainable supply chain systems. Theoretical frameworks supported by case studies, methodologies supported by real data, and industry outlooks are also strongly encouraged.

Given that the determination of factors that hinder the sustainability of businesses remains as a viable concern to the discipline, the path to sustainability will not be clearly identified if the impediments are not recognized and mitigated. Therefore, studies focusing on the barriers for sustainability are also welcome.

References

[1] J. G. Singh and E. Kongar, "Value Creation via Accelerated Digital Transformation," in IEEE Engineering Management Review, doi: 10.1109/EMR.2021.3054813.

[2] NIC, National Intelligence Council, Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds, December 2012, NIC 2012-001, ISBN 978-1-929667-21-5.

[3] Tozanlı Ö, Kongar E, Gupta SM. Evaluation of Waste Electronic Product Trade-in Strategies in Predictive Twin Disassembly Systems in the Era of Blockchain. Sustainability. 2020, 12, 5416, doi:10.3390/su12135416.

Dr. Elif Kongar
Dr. Surendra M. Gupta
Dr. Gazi Murat Duman
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Keywords

  • emerging technologies
  • sustainability
  • supply chain
  • digitalization
  • transformation

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Forecasting Waste Mobile Phone (WMP) Quantity and Evaluating the Potential Contribution to the Circular Economy: A Case Study of Turkey
by Zeynep Ozsut Bogar and Askiner Gungor
Sustainability 2023, 15(4), 3104; https://doi.org/10.3390/su15043104 - 08 Feb 2023
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Information and communication technology (ICT)-based products have a significant effect on increasing levels of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) or electronic waste (e-waste) due to their shorter lifespan as a result of rapid technological changes. Mobile phones are the most popular ICT [...] Read more.
Information and communication technology (ICT)-based products have a significant effect on increasing levels of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) or electronic waste (e-waste) due to their shorter lifespan as a result of rapid technological changes. Mobile phones are the most popular ICT products, and their market share is increasing gradually. Therefore, effective management of waste mobile phones (WMP) is sought as their recovery brings enormous economic and regulatory benefits. Forecasting the quantities of WMP and their recoverable material content generates valuable data for the related stakeholders in the circular economy (CE) in the design and management of their supply chain networks. This paper presents an approach to determining the WMP quantity for Turkey considering the system from sales to end-of-life (EOL) stages and the years between 2001 and 2035. The proposed model includes two main parts: estimation and forecasting. Firstly, the generated WMP quantity is estimated based on dynamic lifespan and sales using the Distribution Delay (DD) Method considering the years from 2001 to 2020. To select the most suitable model for future projection, seven different time series methods (e.g., Simple Exponential Smoothing, Holt’s, Logistics, Gompertz, Logarithmic, Bass, and ARIMA models) are considered to estimate the generated WMP. For the given data, the Holt’s Method is determined to be the best method to forecast the WMP quantities for the years from 2021 to 2035. In addition, waste materials amount and revenue potentials are estimated for the years from 2001 to 2035. The WMP for Turkey is expected to be approximately 11.5 million units and has a 52 million US$ revenue potential in 2035. The present study contributes to the literature, as it is the first holistic forecasting study on the quantification of WMPs in Turkey. Moreover, since WMPs include remarkable recovery potential in terms of CE, the data and findings of this study may help policymakers, governments, producers, consumers, and all stakeholders to establish effective e-waste management approaches. Full article
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Sustainable Supply Chain and Business Performance: The Impact of Strategy, Network Design, Information Systems, and Organizational Structure
by Qinghua Fu, Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahman, Hui Jiang, Jawad Abbas and Ubaldo Comite
Sustainability 2022, 14(3), 1080; https://doi.org/10.3390/su14031080 - 18 Jan 2022
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Technological advancement and the highly competitive nature of business have forced organizations to use multiple strategies to streamline their business operations. Current research investigates the relationship between sustainable supply chain management (SSCM) and business performance, focusing on operational and financial performance. It provides [...] Read more.
Technological advancement and the highly competitive nature of business have forced organizations to use multiple strategies to streamline their business operations. Current research investigates the relationship between sustainable supply chain management (SSCM) and business performance, focusing on operational and financial performance. It provides insights into the operational structure, resource utilization, and the identification of strategic tools needed to strengthen organizational performance. The researchers conducted unstructured interviews with 41 industrialists and analyzed them via open-source coding and deducing reasoning. A questionnaire was developed by analyzing critical scientific literature and unstructured interviews. Empirical responses were taken from 202 industrial corporations. The structural analyses indicate that the effective execution of SSCM significantly improves firms’ operational and financial performance. The findings also provide detailed information about different components of SSCM, namely supply chain strategy (SCS), supply chain network design (SCND), organizational structure, and information system, and explain how it relates to the previous literature review by using a multivariate statistical analysis, followed by structural equation modeling (SEM). The findings of current research highlight the significant role of SSC in accelerating firms’ operational and financial performance and suggest that SSCM should be taken as a secondary strategy and must be integrated with the overall business strategy. Full article
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