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Special Issue on: Contributions to Supply Chain Resilience from Localisation, Agility, and Digitalization (L-A-D) Strategies

IEEE Engineering Management Review

Call for Papers

We are seeking high quality practice-focused original contributions for IEEE Engineering Management Review related to the topic of “Supply Chain Resilience from Localization, Agility, and Digitalization (L-A-D) Strategies”.


The COVID-19 pandemic provided rare glimpses into global health, resource and economic effects on business, government, and society (Hill et al, 2021; Siriwardhana et al., 2020).  Businesses and consumers experienced a variety of unprecedented production and supply chain-related disruption and uncertainty issues.  Worker health and safety, food and medical supply shortages, high-demand material sourcing uncertainties, logistics shutdowns, and disparities in product variety (Guan et al., 2020; Chowdhury et al., 2021). 

Organizations have now realized the importance of building greater resiliency to counter similar future supply chain disruptions (Remko, 2020; Ivanov, 2021; Belhadi et al., 2021).  Some organizations were able to build supply chain resilience and rapid recovery by building localization, agility, and digitization (L-A-D) capabilities. These capabilities may allow for better planning, forecasting, and execution. In the long-run these lessons may be critical for managing unforeseen market volatility or to enhance competitiveness (Sarkis et al., 2020; Nandi et al., 2021a, b). 

In this emergent and evolving environment, organizations can build innovation, through insights, perspectives, and successful illustrations for L-A-D implementation for greater supply chain resilience. 

To this end we seek submissions to IEEE Engineering Management Review that would align with this vision and to provide innovative yet practical insights and examples for managers, policy makers, organizations, and civil society.  All supply chain levels of analysis—from individual company, multi-tier, consumer, multi-stakeholder or industry evaluations ranging are welcome. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

Localization considerations including topics such as:

  • Localization versus globalization for resilience
  • Reshoring and in-sourcing approaches and lessons
  • Closed-loop systems and localization
  • Entrepreneurial ecosystem linkages

Agility topics may include:

  • Lessons from agile virtual enterprise formations
  • Flexibility and timeliness lessons and to meet market needs
  • Balancing agility with lean and efficient systems
  • Informal and formal business routines—contribution or barriers to agility
  • Dynamic systems responses­­­­­­­­

Digitization may include:

  • Industry 4.0 technology and resilience
  • Virtualization of operations and organizations
  • Telecommuting of workers
  • Sharing of resources through virtual systems
  • Security of digitization with a remote workforce
  • Use of blockchain for improved digitization

We not only seek topics that address one of the L-A-D topics, but strongly encourage and expect cross-topic linkages and integration of all three topics in practice.

IEEE Engineering Management Review seeks submissions on this topic – based on practice, research, and observation –by 1/15/2022.

Papers should generally be between 2,000-4,000 words and have significant managerial implications and insights.

Papers should explain the issue, why it is important, how it has been or can be implemented, and what it means for managers, policy makers, organizations, researchers, and/or civil society (including NGOs and non-profits), and what challenges need to be overcome to improve practices.

We especially encourage potential contributors to look at the scope of topics covered by IEEE Engineering Management Review located at: as well as the format of submissions – specifically focused on a practitioner audience and readership.

Submissions can be made at  In the cover letter please make clear that your submission is for this L-A-D special issue. 

For questions, please contact Dr. Nandi at


Dr. Santosh Nandi

Appalachian State University



Dr. Angappa Gunasekaran

California State University – Bakersfield


Dr. Marilyn Helms, Dean

Dalton State College, Wright School of Business


Dr. Aref Hervani

Lander University



Belhadi, A., Kamble, S., Jabbour, C. J. C., Gunasekaran, A., Ndubisi, N. O., & Venkatesh, M. (2021). Manufacturing and service supply chain resilience to the COVID-19 outbreak: Lessons learned from the automobile and airline industries. Technological Forecasting and Social Change163, 120447.

Chowdhury, P., Paul, S. K., Kaisar, S., & Moktadir, M. A. (2021). COVID-19 pandemic related supply chain studies: A systematic review. Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, 102271.

Guan, D., Wang, D., Hallegatte, S., Davis, S. J., Huo, J., Li, S., … & Gong, P. (2020). Global supply-chain effects of COVID-19 control measures. Nature human behaviour, 1-11.

Hill, R., Sarkani, S., & Mazzuchi, T. A. (2021). Managing in a Post-COVID-19 World: A Stakeholder Network Perspective. IEEE Engineering Management Review49(1), 63-71.

Ivanov, D. (2021). Supply chain viability and the COVID-19 pandemic: A conceptual and formal generalisation of four major adaptation strategies. International Journal of Production Research, 1-18.

Nandi, S., Sarkis, J., Hervani, A. A., & Helms, M. M. (2021). Redesigning supply chains using blockchain-enabled circular economy and COVID-19 experiences. Sustainable Production and Consumption27, 10-22.

Nandi, S., Sarkis, J., Hervani, A., & Helms, M. (2021). Do blockchain and circular economy practices improve post COVID-19 supply chains? A resource-based and resource dependence perspective. Industrial Management & Data Systems.

Remko, V. H. (2020). Research opportunities for a more resilient post-COVID-19 supply chain–closing the gap between research findings and industry practice. International Journal of Operations & Production Management.

Sarkis, J. (2020). Supply chain sustainability: learning from the COVID-19 pandemic. International Journal of Operations & Production Management.

Siriwardhana, Y., De Alwis, C., Gür, G., Ylianttila, M., & Liyanage, M. (2020). The fight against the COVID-19 pandemic with 5G technologies. IEEE Engineering Management Review48(3), 72-84.

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