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Managing supply chains during the Covid-19 crisis: synthesis of academic and practitioner visions and recommendations for the future

Abstract : Purpose The Covid-19 pandemic has created an environment of high uncertainty and caused major disruptions in supply chains. The new normal that has emerged during the pandemic is leading to a need to identify new solutions to improve supply chain crisis management in the future. Practitioners require adapted recommendations for solutions to implement. These recommendations are laid out in this paper. Design/methodology/approach A combination of a systematic literature review (SLR), qualitative semi-structured interviews and a questionnaire survey of supply chain practitioners is applied. The interviews provide insights into supply chain practitioners' views of their approaches and, together with the solutions proposed in the literature, provide future recommendations for action for supply chain managers. Findings During the pandemic, companies experienced disruptions in supply, production and demand, as well as interruptions in transportation and distribution. The majority of the solutions proposed in the literature, coincide with the opinions of practitioners. These include collaborative risk management, real-time monitoring and information sharing, supply network management, scenario planning and “what-if” simulations. Research limitations/implications Although the number of interviews conducted and questionnaires completed is limited, they still serve to supplement the SLR with important practical insights and recommendations. Originality/value This paper presents a review of recent academic literature focusing on the impact of Covid-19 on supply chains and the existing solutions to mitigate that impact and manage future crises. It has been expanded to include industry perspectives and experiences. The findings of this study present recommended practices and strategies for better managing supply chains during a crisis.
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Markus Kohl, Andreas Habl, Khalil Kallali, Jakob Puff, Johannes Fottner, et al.. Managing supply chains during the Covid-19 crisis: synthesis of academic and practitioner visions and recommendations for the future. International Journal of Logistics Management, The, Emerald, In press, ⟨10.1108/IJLM-07-2021-0375⟩. ⟨hal-03669117⟩

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