Special Issue "Sustainable Assessment in Supply Chain and Infrastructure Management"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 September 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Golam Kabir
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Guest Editor
Industrial Systems Engineering, University of Regina, Regina, SK, Canada, S4S 0A2
Interests: system risk, reliability, and resilience assessment; infrastructure management; critical infrastructure; sustainable system analytics
Dr. Sanjoy Kumar Paul
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Guest Editor
UTS Business School, University of Technology Sydney, Australia
Interests: supply chain risk management; sustainability; applied operations research; modelling and optimisation; supply chain analytics
Dr. Syed Mithun Ali
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Guest Editor
Department of Industrial and Production Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka-1000, Bangladesh
Interests: operations management; supply chain management; operations research; sustainable supply chain

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Assessing sustainability in supply chain and infrastructure management is an important task for any organisation in the competitive business environment or public domain. Organisations are presently trying to develop their sustainable strategies through preparedness, response and recovery because of increased competitive, regulatory and community pressure. Sustainability in the context of supply chain implies, that companies identify, assess and manage impacts and risks in all the echelons of the supply chain considering upstream and downstream activities. On the other hand, sustainable infrastructure management can be defined as the ability of infrastructure to meet the requirements of the present without sacrificing the ability of future generations to address their needs. Considering the wider adoption and development of sustainability principles across the globe, there is a real need to develop a meaningful and more focused understanding of sustainability in supply chain management and infrastructure management practices.

This Special Issue aims to encourage studies exploring theoretical, methodological, and practical studies related to the sustainability assessment in supply chain and infrastructure management. This Special Issue focuses on but is not limited to:

  • Modelling for sustainable supply chain
  • Sustainable strategies in global supply chain
  • Risk management in sustainable supply chain
  • Reverse logistics and circular economy
  • Environmental impact assessment in supply chain
  • Ethical and social aspects of supply chain
  • Supply chain technology and impact on sustainability
  • Modelling for sustainable transportation and logistics
  • Sustainability in small and medium enterprises (SMEs)
  • Risk assessment and management of critical infrastructures
  • Vulnerability and consequence assessment of infrastructures
  • Sustainability assessment and resilience analysis of critical infrastructures
  • Life cycle cost analysis for the sustainable infrastructure assessment
  • Resource allocation for maintenance, repair, and replacement of infrastructure systems

Dr. Golam Kabir
Dr. Sanjoy Kumar Paul
Dr. Syed Mithun Ali
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • sustainable and resilient infrastructure
  • reliability and risk management
  • critical infrastructure
  • sustainable supply chain
  • environmental sustainability
  • ethical and social sustainability
  • risk management in sustainable supply chain
  • sustainable transportation and logistics
  • sustainability in SMEs

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Sustainability Assessment of Construction Technologies for Large Pipelines on Urban Highways: Scenario Analysis using Fuzzy QFD
Sustainability 2020, 12(7), 2648; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12072648 - 26 Mar 2020
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Urban highways users frequently face disruptions due to construction and maintenance of buried infrastructure. In conventional open cut construction, social costs (vehicle operating and traffic delay costs) are generally high at work zone construction areas (WZCA). Municipalities also bear additional costs due to [...] Read more.
Urban highways users frequently face disruptions due to construction and maintenance of buried infrastructure. In conventional open cut construction, social costs (vehicle operating and traffic delay costs) are generally high at work zone construction areas (WZCA). Municipalities also bear additional costs due to early maintenance of alternate routes, i.e., non-work zone construction area (NWZCA). Besides, work zone and non-work zone areas together experience significant potential socio-economic and environment impacts. In addition to minimal disturbance to existing socioenvironmental setting and user cost savings, trenchless construction result in agency cost savings by avoiding early maintenance at NWZCA. Past studies primarily focused on social costs associated to WZCA. In present research, a sustainability assessment framework has been developed that includes agency and user costs at both the work zone and non-work zone area. The framework evaluates various traffic detoured scenarios (for open cut construction) and trenchless technology scenario based on all three dimensions of sustainability. Fuzzy Quality Function Deployment (Fuzzy QFD) method has been used to incorporate the interaction between the agency’s sustainability objectives and public expectations for large-sized pipeline construction projects in urban areas. The framework effectively handles the uncertainties associated to data limitations and vagueness in expert opinion for subjective assessment criteria. To evaluate the pragmatism of proposed framework, it was applied on the case of a storm sewer construction project in Qassim Region, Saudi Arabia. Trenchless technology was found to be the most sustainable construction scenario followed by the open cut scenario with 50% traffic detoured to NWCA. The proposed methodology is also sought to enhance decision making process pertaining to the viability of trenchless technologies in KSA and elsewhere. Full article
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Green Supply Chain Performance Prediction Using a Bayesian Belief Network
Sustainability 2020, 12(3), 1101; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12031101 - 04 Feb 2020
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Green supply chain management (GSCM) has emerged as an important issue to lessen the impact of supply chain activities on the natural environment, as well as reduce waste and achieve sustainable growth of a company. To understand the effectiveness of GSCM, performance measurement [...] Read more.
Green supply chain management (GSCM) has emerged as an important issue to lessen the impact of supply chain activities on the natural environment, as well as reduce waste and achieve sustainable growth of a company. To understand the effectiveness of GSCM, performance measurement of GSCM is a must. Monitoring and predicting green supply chain performance can result in improved decision-making capability for managers and decision-makers to achieve sustainable competitive advantage. This paper identifies and analyzes various green supply chain performance measures and indicators. A probabilistic model is proposed based on a Bayesian belief network (BBN) for predicting green supply chain performance. Eleven green supply chain performance indicators and two green supply chain performance measures are identified through an extensive literature review. Using a real-world case study of a manufacturing industry, the methodology of this model is illustrated. Sensitivity analysis is also performed to examine the relative sensitivity of green supply chain performance to each of the performance indicators. The outcome of this research is expected to help managers and practitioners of GSCM improve their decision-making capability, which ultimately results in improved overall organizational performance. Full article
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