Today, rapid technological developments, organisational changes, increasing competition and demand for efficiency have all brought risk variability. Today’s supply chains are exposed to numerous risks, including supply interruption, volatility of demand and natural disasters. For better performance of supply chains, there is a need for supply chain risk management (SCRM).
In past decades, researchers have focused on supply chain disruption, and many response measures in emergency management have been presented. However, further investigation is necessary for SCRM in many fields. On 11 March, 2011, a Japanese earthquake occurred without anticipation, causing a supply interruption to spare parts for several automobile manufacturers that lasted for months. Suppliers, manufacturers and retailers within automobile supply chains suffered from huge losses.
In particular, due to the current economic recession and financial crisis, people have become more insecure and pay more attention to risk. Risk may mean different things to different people, and risk attitude and behaviour should be considered in SCRM. For a cleaner environment and sustainable development, a low-carbon economy is advocated, though there is still great uncertainty surrounding its establishment. As a result, more tools and methods for SCRM should be developed.
This special issue is intended to publish and disseminate the newest state-of-the-art research on SCRM and its applications. While research in the area of SCRM encompasses a wide range of topics and methodologies, we expect this issue to provide a high-quality snapshot of current and emerging concepts, tools, approaches, issues and trends within the field. Authors are encouraged to submit papers that employ both quantitative and quality research methodologies such as modelling, optimisation, algorithms, simulation, questionnaire surveys, event studies, case studies, etc. addressing the theme of the special issue.
Suitable topics include but are not limited to:
- SCRM tools and methods
- Supply chain disruption and emergency management
- Risk identification, analysis and control in SCRM
- Assessment of supply chain vulnerability
- Life cycle management in SCRM
- Global SCRM and flexibility management
- Quality risk and quality improvement in supply chains
- Multi-criteria decision making in SCRM
- Risk attitude and behaviour in SCRM
- SCRM in a low-carbon economy
- Case studies and event studies of SCRM
Deadline for submission of complete manuscripts: 1 September, 2012
Anticipated date for provision of first round decision to authors: 1 January, 2013
Deadline for submission of revised manuscripts: 1 March, 2013
Provision of final decisions: 15 May, 2013