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Managing supply chains and equalising disruption in the post-pandemic era : The challenge of different stages of recovery levels across the globe
It is no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic changed the way we operate, both personally and professionally. With significant impacts in all facets of the business ecosystem across the globe and uncertain recovery timelines, the socioeconomic environment is facing an unprecedented situation measuring damages at local, national and global level. Business operational models have been tested and are still trying to recover from a situation the long-term impact of which is still vague. Systems such as lean and just-in-time (JIT) collapsed as a result of the lockdowns and whole cities were deserted, causing unprecedented levels of poverty among vulnerable populations, significantly increasing cases of trafficking and modern slavery. This paper analyses how rebuilding presents a challenge, but, at the same time, there are numerous opportunities to evaluate, improve and develop next actions, based on a different perspective. The lessons learned from the pandemic include risk mitigation and resilience, without overlooking the ethical face that is encapsulated by strategic business relationships.
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Eirini Etoimou is chair of the Manchester branch of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply. She is an executive with more than 15 years’ experience in global, senior management positions. Eirini holds a MSc in Procurement, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, MBA in Leadership and Sustainability and speaks four languages. She participates as a guest speaker at universities and at UK and international conferences as a passionate advocate of human rights and specialises in leadership and sustainability. Additionally, Eirini contributes with content about leadership, business strategy, sustainability, procurement strategy and other business topics in academic journals and via social media and online business magazines. Eirini also acts as a volunteer consultant for institutions, supporting them to set their strategic plans.
CitationEtoimou, Eirini (2021, December 1). Managing supply chains and equalising disruption in the post-pandemic era : The challenge of different stages of recovery levels across the globe. In the Journal of Supply Chain Management, Logistics and Procurement, Volume 4, Issue 2.