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International Journal of Agile Systems and Management
International Journal of Agile Systems and Management


Special Issue on: "Supply Chain Agility: Emerging Research Perspectives"

Guest Editors:
Prof. Shams Rahman, RMIT University, Australia
Dr. Subramanian Nachiappan, Thiagarajar College of Engineering, India

Supply chain agility is the ability of the supply chain partner organizations to adapt quickly with the rapid changes in these business environments. It requires an appropriate blending of coordination, communication and speed in procurement, inventory, assembly and delivery of products and services, as well as the return and re-use of materials and services. Supply chain agility also encompasses related human, financial and information capital flows across organizations that facilitate effective and efficient fulfillment of orders.

Researchers and practitioners have addressed a variety of issues in the supply chain agility area, such as location/allocation decisions, inventory control, production planning, transportation mode selection, and supplier selection. It is also increasingly recognized that successful agile supply chains depend on a number of managerial issues such as organizational resistance to change, inter-functional conflicts, joint production planning, profit sharing, team oriented performance measures, shifts in channel power, information sharing, real time communication, and technical compatibility. Such issues are relevant to both manufacturing and service sectors.

The objective of this special issue is to contribute new insights to the extant body of knowledge in agile supply chain. The special issue is intended for revised and substantially extended versions of selected papers submitted at the Operational Research Society of India (ORSI 2010) conference titled “Operational Research for Urban and Rural Development”, 15-17th December at Thiagarajar College of Engineering, Madurai -625015. However, we also encourage other researchers to submit their manuscripts to this Special Issue.

We seek cutting edge developments, concepts, practices and research opportunities in supply chain agility in both manufacturing and service sectors. Studies that build theory or test theory with rigour, extending existing theory in different contexts or different cultural environments are invited. Studies that examine emerging practices and new concepts in developed and developing economies are also invited. Methodologies adapted in these studies could extend from mathematical models to simulation, case studies, or large scale empirical survey based research. Researchers can submit recent research findings and perspectives that engage concepts, models, methods, tools and techniques related to the managerial dimensions of agile supply chain.

Subject Coverage
Suggested topics include but are not limited to:
  • Agile procurement
  • Storage agility in materials and finished inventory
  • Agile production planning and control
  • Agile distribution
  • Agile demand management
  • Alignment and motivation in agile supply chains
  • Power and relationship issues in agile supply chains
  • Supply chain agility: organizational structures
  • Cultural aspects of agile supply chains
  • Performance measurement systems in agile supply chains
  • Measurement and management of risk in agile supply chains
  • Developing and managing innovation in agile supply chains
  • Quality issues in agile supply chains

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (N.B. Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper was not originally copyrighted and if it has been completely re-written).

All papers are refereed through a peer review process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the Author Guidelines page

Important Dates

Manuscripts should be submitted not later than: 31 March 2011