Devi, Y., Srivastava, A., Koshta, N., & Chaudhuri, A. (2021). The role of operations and supply chains in mitigating social disruptions caused by COVID-19: a stakeholder dynamic capabilities view. The International Journal of Logistics Management. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJLM-04-2021-0235

Abstract:

Purpose
The disruption caused by COVID-19 exhorts to reiterate the role of operations and supply chain management (OSCM) in achieving social sustainability. Therefore, the present study aims to develop a conceptual understanding of the OSCM ecosystem's role in enabling the world to accelerate towards social sustainability.

Design/methodology/approach
The study uses the integrative review method to achieve the stated objectives. The study first identifies the societal disruptions caused by COVID-19. Then based on dynamic capabilities (DC) theory, stakeholder theory and real-life examples, the study puts forward the stakeholder dynamic capabilities (SDC) view as an approach to overcome these social challenges.

Findings
Taking the SDC view, the study identified ten social challenges aggravated by the COVID-19. Response actions for OSCM have been proposed to mitigate these challenges.

Research limitations/implications
The pandemic has brought new challenges to the OSCM to achieve social sustainability. Therefore, the study's proposed response actions aim to assist OSCM managers in leveraging their expertise to do good for society and create a better world. Moreover, the study also provides avenues for future research on the topic.

Originality/value
Based on the SDC view, the study attempts to conceptualise social sustainability for OSCM during a pandemic. The SDC view helps capture internal and external social challenges emerging due to COVID-19 and utilise firms' capabilities to overcome these challenges.
 


URL: https://doi.org/10.1108/IJLM-04-2021-0235