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Building Organizational Resilience for New Normal and Sustainability Performance

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 March 2023) | Viewed by 2657

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Department of Management, Marketing, and Entrepreneurship, UC Business School, University of Canterbury, Christchurch 8140, New Zealand
Interests: social capital; organizational resilience; supply chain resilience; sustainability; buyer supplier relationship; and health and safety management practice

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Strategic Supply Chain Management, Management Department, University of Technology (UTS) Business School, UTS, Sydney, Australia
Interests: supply chain sustainability; circular economy; supply chain resilience; risk management; disruptive technology and implications on supply chain.
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School of Business, Melbourne Institute of Technology, Sydney, Australia
Interests: entrepreneurship; strategy; innovation; sustainability
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Dear Colleagues,

Since the outset of 2020, firms around the globe are more susceptible to disruptive events, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. Considering this is as ‘black swan” event, many firms are still struggling to survive in this pandemic period. In consequence, building resilience to sustain business operations and supply chain processes has become an emerging topic for academic researchers and practitioners. Although a significant amount of research has been conducted to understand how firms and their supply chains can develop resilience and manage sustainability during this pandemic time, the majority of studies are conceptual in nature, with limited empirical evidence. This Special Issue is aiming to address this gap in literature. There are several research questions that remain unanswered in the context of pandemic, for example: i) how to measure organizational resilience from a pandemic (i.e. COVID-19) perspective; ii) what resources and capabilities are critically important for firms to build organizational resilience and manage sustainability; iii) what strategies are salient for managing procurement, processing, and distribution processes to enhance organizational/supply chain resilience and sustainability; iv) how organizational resilience are related firm’s sustainability practice and performance; v) how organizational resilience is related to firm’s health and safety management practice, considering its critical importance during pandemic time; vi) how managers and employees skills and competencies play a role in building organizational resilience; vii) what types of leadership is effective in building organizational resilience and sustainability; viii) how organizational learning, re-learning, and unlearning practices facilitate in building resilience; and ix) how different forms/types of social capital facilitate in building organizational resilience. This Special Issue is not limited to above mentioned research questions. Any manuscript that demonstrates a novel theoretical contribution to organizational/supply chain resilience and sustainability literature in the context of pandemic are always welcomed. We are also open to receive any conceptual manuscript that demonstrate a novel theoretical angle.

Dr. Mesbahuddin Chowdhury
Dr. Md Maruf Hossan Chowdhury
Dr. Eijaz Ahmed Khan
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  • organizational resilience
  • supply chain resilience
  • sustainability practice
  • sustainability performance
  • antecedents of organizational resilience
  • health and safety management practice
  • leadership
  • learning
  • skills and competencies
  • social capital

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Exploring CBD Retail Performance, Recovery and Resilience of a Smart City Following COVID-19
by Peter Fieger, Girish Prayag, David Dyason, John Rice and C. Michael Hall
Sustainability 2023, 15(10), 8300; - 19 May 2023
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The city of Christchurch, New Zealand, incurred significant damage due to a series of earthquakes in 2010 and 2011. The city had, by the late 2010s, regained economic and social normalcy after a sustained period of rebuilding and economic recovery. Through the concerted [...] Read more.
The city of Christchurch, New Zealand, incurred significant damage due to a series of earthquakes in 2010 and 2011. The city had, by the late 2010s, regained economic and social normalcy after a sustained period of rebuilding and economic recovery. Through the concerted rebuilding effort, a modern central business district (CBD) with redesigned infrastructure and amenities was developed. The Christchurch rebuild was underpinned by a commitment of urban planners to an open and connected city, including the use of innovative technologies to gather, use and share data. As was the case elsewhere, the COVID-19 pandemic brought about significant disruptions to social and economic life in Christchurch. Border closures, lockdowns, trading limitations and other restrictions on movement led to changes in traditional consumer behaviors and affected the retail sector’s resilience. In this study, we used CBD pedestrian traffic data gathered from various locations to predict changes in retail spending and identify recovery implications through the lens of retail resilience. We found that the COVID-19 pandemic and its related lockdowns have driven a substantive change in the behavioral patterns of city users. The implications for resilient retail, sustainable policy and further research are explored. Full article
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