Managing the 'new normal': the future of operations and supply chain management in unprecedented times

Alexander, Anthony, Blome, Constantin, Schleper, Martin and Roscoe, Samuel (2022) Managing the 'new normal': the future of operations and supply chain management in unprecedented times. International Journal of Operations and Production Management. ISSN 0144-3577

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Abstract

Purpose
The purpose of this article is to discuss the theme of managing operations and supply chains in the so-called “new normal”. It reflects the themes emerging from recent research and how these might be conceptualized.

Design/methodology/approach
The article reviews research presented at the EurOMA 2021 conference and eight papers subsequently developed into full journal papers. It considers conceptual themes contained in these papers and how they reflect recent turbulent events in the external business environment.

Findings
The article notes the themes of resilience in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic, environmental sustainability, especially climate change and the Sustainable Development Goals, and the significance of digital technologies. Additional themes relating to inter-organizational relationships, complexity and manager cognition are also considered. In order to provide useful insights for future disruptions, general concepts on epistemology and responsiveness are described.

Originality/value
The article discusses general principles across cutting-edge research in operations and supply chain management, to support improved performance to add economic and social value.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > Management
SWORD Depositor: Mx Elements Account
Depositing User: Mx Elements Account
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2022 18:31
Last Modified: 22 Jul 2022 07:04
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/106544

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