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Research Opportunities in Preparing Supply Chains of Essential Goods for Future Pandemics

Sodhi, M. ORCID: 0000-0002-2031-4387, Tang, C.S. and Willenson, E. T. (2020). Research Opportunities in Preparing Supply Chains of Essential Goods for Future Pandemics. International Journal of Production Research,

Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic severely tested the resilience and robustness of supply chains for medically critical items and various common household goods. Severe and prolonged shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE) and ventilators in the United States have revealed vulnerabilities in the supply chains of such essential products in a time of need. Consequently, corporations have felt public pressure to rethink their supply chains. We begin this paper by examining the underlying causes of the prolonged shortages of critical products in the US as well as government’s and some companies' initial response. Drawing from the lessons learned from the COVID pandemic, we propose a research agenda and opportunities to develop responsive supply chains to fight future pandemics. These opportunities revolve around measures that are intended to improve the supply chain responsiveness of essential products to combat future pandemics and other major public health emergencies.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article to be published by Taylor & Francis in International Journal of Production Research, to be available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/tprs20/current
Publisher Keywords: Pandemic, global supply chains, resilience, industry commons, preparedness
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Q Science > QR Microbiology > QR355 Virology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Departments: Business School > Management
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2020 11:25
URI: https://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/25308
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