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Special Issue of the Journal of General Management - papers invited before 21st December 2012


Guest Editors:

Professor Teck-Yong Eng, University of Essex, Essex Business School, UK.

Professor Dr. Rika Fujioka, Kansai University, Faculty of Commerce, Japan.

Dr Sunny Yang, University of Essex, Essex Business School, UK.

Dr H Kemal Ilter, Yildirim Beyazit University, School of Management, Turkey.

Recent natural disasters such as the earthquake in eastern Turkey, the floods in Thailand and the tsunami in Japan have inflicted great damage on the supply chain of some companies. Today’s general managers and supply chain managers face increasing volatility of supply and demand dynamics with susceptibility of supply chain activity to natural disasters and ensuing shortage of supplies as the world’s population reaches 7 billion and the interaction of supply chain participants in networks grows ever more complex.   

The threat of negative environmental impacts has become more prevalent in the globalised nature of today’s sourcing, co-operation and competition, and interconnected value chain activities. Supply chain managers may need to consider the threats of climate change, food security and natural disaster in developing supply chain strategy. For example, various supply chain concepts (e.g., lean supply chains) may incorporate ecological and sustainability concerns to achieve efficiency/certainty in supply chains as well as to prevent and/or reduce negative environmental impacts.

However, there is scant systematic empirical investigation and theoretical analysis of the resilience and futurity of the simultaneous integration and management of connected local and global supply chains needed to achieve an ecologically sustainable supply chain management system – for minimal negative environmental impacts as well as for continued existence of the collective entities and actors in the supply chain. Thus, this Special Issue attempts to focus the debate and research on the impact of natural disasters onecological and sustainable supply chain management in the context of the increasingly globalised nature of sourcing, cooperation and competition, and inter-connected business networks.

The basic themes of this special issue are that:

1. Sustainability is a major concern of supply chain management in many industries. It requires new ways of thinking and managing supply chains in terms of strategies to ensure business growth as well as minimal environmental impacts.

2. Natural Disaster Management is required in the event of natural disasters, which would have devastating impacts on supply chain capability and co-ordination of complex networks of supply chains.

3. The supply chain consists of numerous players and spans various sectors that require innovative business solutions. Firms may need to adopt dynamic models to learn and cope with natural disasters in the environment as part of corporate responsibility to achieve sustainability.

4. Managers can take valuable steps in the future to be better able to cope with natural disasters and achieve sustainability in terms of protecting their business from generating negative environmental effects and/or reversing the impact of the negative logistical effects in supply chain management.

The overall focus is on innovative supply chain solutions for disaster management and sustainable and/or ecological supply chains in a global context. This Special Issue welcomes novel and creative managerial and business solutions for disaster management in supply chains.

As a practitioner oriented journal, the guest editors invite empirical research through conventional research methods (field surveys, case study) and emerging methodologies – as long as the choice of methods is not only appropriate for the research questions but also accessible to general managers.

To submit your manuscript, please follow the Journal of General Management author guidelines (as given above, at the top of this page) and keep the length of your manuscript no longer than 7,000 words, excluding references, tables and figures.


The final deadline for submissions is December 21, 2012.