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Supply Chain Operations Management in Pandemics: A State-of-the-Art Review Inspired by COVID-19

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Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore 54890, Pakistan
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Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Daejeon 34141, Korea
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Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB2 1PZ, UK
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Department of Design, Manufacturing and Engineering Management, University of Strathclyde, 75 Montrose Street, Glasgow G1 1XJ, UK
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Academic Editor: Alessio Ishizaka
Sustainability 2021, 13(5), 2504; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13052504
Received: 7 January 2021 / Revised: 14 February 2021 / Accepted: 19 February 2021 / Published: 25 February 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Industry 4.0 Technologies for Global Challenges)
Pandemics cause chaotic situations in supply chains (SC) around the globe, which can lead towards survivability challenges. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented humanitarian crisis that has severely affected global business dynamics. Similar vulnerabilities have been caused by other outbreaks in the past. In these terms, prevention strategies against propagating disruptions require vigilant goal conceptualization and roadmaps. In this respect, there is a need to explore supply chain operation management strategies to overcome the challenges that emerge due to COVID-19-like situations. Therefore, this review is aimed at exploring such challenges and developing strategies for sustainability, and viability perspectives for SCs, through a structured literature review (SLR) approach. Moreover, this study investigated the impacts of previous epidemic outbreaks on SCs, to identify the research objectives, methodological approaches, and implications for SCs. The study also explored the impacts of epidemic outbreaks on the business environment, in terms of effective resource allocation, supply and demand disruptions, and transportation network optimization, through operations management techniques. Furthermore, this article structured a framework that emphasizes the integration of Industry 4.0 technologies, resilience strategies, and sustainability to overcome SC challenges during pandemics. Finally, future research avenues were identified by including a research agenda for experts and practitioners to develop new pathways to get out of the crisis. View Full-Text
Keywords: supply chain management; survivability; epidemic outbreaks; influenza; COVID-19; sustainability; viability; resilience; industry 4.0; review; manufacturing supply chain management; survivability; epidemic outbreaks; influenza; COVID-19; sustainability; viability; resilience; industry 4.0; review; manufacturing
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Farooq, M.U.; Hussain, A.; Masood, T.; Habib, M.S. Supply Chain Operations Management in Pandemics: A State-of-the-Art Review Inspired by COVID-19. Sustainability 2021, 13, 2504. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13052504

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Farooq MU, Hussain A, Masood T, Habib MS. Supply Chain Operations Management in Pandemics: A State-of-the-Art Review Inspired by COVID-19. Sustainability. 2021; 13(5):2504. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13052504

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Farooq, Muhammad U., Amjad Hussain, Tariq Masood, and Muhammad S. Habib 2021. "Supply Chain Operations Management in Pandemics: A State-of-the-Art Review Inspired by COVID-19" Sustainability 13, no. 5: 2504. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13052504

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