Mathematical Problems in Engineering

Emerging Issues of Complexity and Disruptions in Operations and Supply Chain Management

Publishing date
01 Jan 2022
Submission deadline
27 Aug 2021

Lead Editor
Guest Editors

1University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada

2Southwestern University of Finance and Economics, Chengdu, China

3Indian Institute of Management, Kashipur, India

Emerging Issues of Complexity and Disruptions in Operations and Supply Chain Management

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Complexity and disruptions have been increasingly challenging for operations and supply chain management. In practice, managers face greater uncertainty and disruptions, due to issues such as a more volatile business environment, multiple and potentially conflicting objectives, and complex relationships along supply chains. With increasing globalisation, supply chain networks are becoming more easily disrupted. Firms encounter emerging socio-economic and political risks, such as manufacturing reshoring, changing tariffs, and international trade conflicts, all of which contribute to more disruptions in operations and supply chain management.

Companies, large or small, therefore need to address the management challenges caused by various forms of uncertainty and disruptions in their operations and supply chains. Likewise, increasing complexity due to more diverse markets, complex transactions, customer-driven manufacturing, and complicated behaviour is considered a principal cause of deteriorating operational performance and surging costs, leading to lower product and service quality, longer delivery time, and less flexibility and stability. Consequently, while the management of operations and supply chain management are now much more complex than before, this does present new opportunities to manage complexity and achieve stable and resilient operations and supply chains.

The aim of this Special Issue is to focus on analysing and exploring new theories and practices about complexity and disruptions in operations and supply chain management. We aim to gain a deeper understanding of how advanced technologies, innovative business models, and collaboration can help management and operations to enhance the performance, responsiveness, and resilience of firms and their supply chains.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Complexity and disruption mitigation in management
  • Complexity and disruption management in operations and supply chains
  • Innovative strategies in operations and supply chain
  • Applications of new technologies
  • New approaches and decision-making tools in logistics and supply chain
  • Redesigning supply chains to achieve resilience
  • Man-made or natural disruptions to supply chains
  • Quick response models in the presence of unforeseen disruptions
  • Simulation of disruptive supply chains with uncertain events


  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2021
  • - Article ID 1984676
  • - Research Article

Analysis of a Multiparticipant Game under a Subsidy and Punishment Mechanism: An Evolutionary Theory Perspective

Jiangchao Li | Shilei Yang
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2021
  • - Article ID 5537395
  • - Research Article

Determinants of Blockchain Technology Adoption in Supply Chains by Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in India

Amit Kumar Bhardwaj | Arunesh Garg | Yuvraj Gajpal
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2021
  • - Article ID 5549048
  • - Research Article

Regional Ecological Security Evolution and Green Economy: An Empirical Study

Chengxue Yu | Meilan Chen
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2021
  • - Article ID 5510346
  • - Research Article

Technological Innovation and Value Creation of Enterprise Innovation Ecosystem Based on System Dynamics Modeling

Peng Zhang | Enyi Zhou | ... | Junsong Bian
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2021
  • - Article ID 6680560
  • - Research Article

The Impact of Green R&D Activities on SO2 Emissions: Evidence from China

Shuxing Chen | Jiangshui Ma | ... | Yuee Tang
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2021
  • - Article ID 6646597
  • - Research Article

Effects of Parallel Importation and Power Structures on Price Competition in Duopolistic Supply Chains

Luqing Rong | Maozeng Xu | ... | Zhiping Lu
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2021
  • - Article ID 6674676
  • - Research Article

The Pricing Decision and Channel Choice of Upgraded Products in the Presence of Strategic Consumers

Lingzhi Shao
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