Sustainable and digital supply chain management in the era of the digital economy

Published 11 May, 2022


In the era of the digital economy, digital technologies are significantly transforming supply chain operations and their performance; for example, they are increasing productivity and efficiency, and enabling collaboration. They are also playing a critical role in promoting sustainability in the supply chain.  In fact, sustainability and digitalisation have become the main drivers transforming supply chain operations; however, this progress is also creating problems and trade-offs.

This special issue seeks to provide a forum for advancing the domain of supply chain management, both practically and theoretically, in the era of the digital economy. We welcome empirical research on managing a sustainable and digital supply chain that provides insights into how we can better sustain digital transformations in supply chain management practice.

Topics covered:

These will include, but not be limited to:

  • The impact of digitalisation on supply chain sustainability/circularity
  • Digital business model innovation for a sustainable supply chain
  • From sustainable supply chain to digital circular value chain
  • Integrating digital economy and circular economy
  • Integrating Industry 4.0 and circular economy
  • Sustainable value creation through digital economy
  • A business ecosystem towards sustainability/circularity
  • Integration mechanisms linking digitalisation and sustainability
  • Digital and sustainable/green/circular supply chain innovation
  • Digitalisation for resilience and sustainability in a global supply chain
  • Digitalisation and sustainability in a service supply chain
  • Governance strategies and practices for a sustainable and digital supply chain
  • Data governance in a sustainable and digital supply chain

Important deadlines:

  • Submission deadline: The portal will remain open until the required number of articles has been reached for this virtual special issue. Accepted manuscripts will first be published in a regular issue.

Submission instructions:

Please read the Guide for Authors before submitting. All articles should be submitted online; please select Digital supply chain on submission.

Guest Editors:

Dr Yong Lin is an Associate Professor in Operations and Supply Chain Management at the Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham. Dr Lin’s work focuses on contemporary management issues at firm, supply chain, and business ecosystem levels. His recent research interests are in digital transformation and sustainability strategies and practices, supply chain risk and resilience, digital logistics platform and business ecosystem.

Yufeng Zhang is a Reader in Operations Management at Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham. Yufeng’s work aims to help companies cope with complex challenges and opportunities in managing global network operations with a primary focus on sustainability, digitalisation and engineering innovation. He is Head of the Procurement and Operations Management Group (POM), Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy (SFHEA), and Fellow of the Alan Turing Institute.

Dr Miying Yang is a Reader in Sustainability at the Cranfield University. Miying’s work focuses on how to make manufacturing and supply chain more sustainable and circular through digitalisation and business model innovation. Dr Yang has received five research awards from EPSRC, ESRC, STFC and Royal Society, and won two Best Paper Awards in international conferences.

Dr Yang Chen is an Associate Professor at the Department of Materials and Production, Aalborg University. His work focuses on Industry and Production, Manufacturing Strategy, Manufacturing Network, and Management and Organization.

  • Prof. Brian Vejrum Wæhrens (Aalborg University, Denmark) 

Dr Brian Vejrum Wæhrens is a Professor at the Department of Materials and Production, Aalborg University. His work focuses on the areas of Industry and Production, Management and Organization, Business, Culture and Communication.

  • Dr Astrid Heidemann Lassen (Aalborg University, Denmark) 

Dr Astrid Heidemann Lassen is an Associate Professor at the Department of Materials and Production, Aalborg University. Her work focuses on Digital transformation, Radical Innovation, and Corporate Entrepreneurship.

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