Supply chain risk and resilience has become a significant concern in business and a core area of research in academe. The purpose of the Supply Chain Risk and Resilience Special Interest Group (SIG) is to share knowledge throughout the IPSERA community on identifying, assessing, and managing supply (chain) risk and ensuring supply chain resilience, using operational, financial and supply chain approaches. The SIG was initially formed in November, 2019 by George Zsidisin, Michael Henke, Christine Harland, Federico Caniato, Jukka Hallikas, Veli-Matti Virolainen, Barbara Gaudenzi, and Roberta Pellegrino.
The COVID-19 pandemic is illustrating many examples of how firms are able to address one of the most significant challenges in supply chain management at a global level. In tandem, a plethora of research ideas and programs are beginning to emerge for better understanding how organizations and supply chains operate and maintain resilience from this historic catastrophe. Several of these projects are being conducted by current members of the Supply Chain Risk and Resilience SIG. Professor Christine Harland is working on the role of public procurement in resilience in crises and also an action agenda for post-COVID-19 supply chain management. Professor George Zsidisin recently moderated a panel session on how Missouri companies are managing risk due to COVID-19 https://youtu.be/1kDRQiWn_aE; https://youtu.be/5dOuP-sEgxQ. Others research programs by members of the Supply Chain Risk and Resilience SIG are just starting to form.
Although we are saddened we were not able to meet this past April at the IPSERA conference, we do look forward to seeing you in Knoxville in 2021, and will keep the IPSERA community informed of upcoming Supply Chain Risk and Resilience SIG activities.