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Understanding the role of digital technologies in supply chain risks management

Yang, Jiayan; Kumar, Vikas; Ekren, Banu; Kuzmin, Evgeny


Jiayan Yang

Banu Ekren

Evgeny Kuzmin


Supply chain risks have been regarded as one of the most significant threats to business continuity. Digital technology is considered to reform human production and manufacturing methods. In the recent wake of COVID-19, disruptive digital technologies have emerged as a key tool to manage supply chain risks. Therefore, exploring the impact of digital technology on supply chain risks is considered an important topic in the supply chain management domain. The paper reviews different digital technologies such as 3D printing, IoT, Blockchains, RFID and Big Data Analytics used in supply chains. This exploratory study is based on a survey response from 176 supply chain professionals in China. The findings show the role that digital technologies in managing supply chain risks. The study highlights the current level of implementation of digital technologies in supply chain functions and also high-lights the importance of training. Moreover, the study highlights the importance of supply chain data analysis capabilities for supply chain risk management. Our study adds to the limited literature exploring the importance of digital technologies in supply chain risk management.


Kumar, V., Yang, J., Ekren, B., & Kuzmin, E. (in press). Understanding the role of digital technologies in supply chain risks management. In Digital Transformation in Industry. Springer

Acceptance Date Nov 26, 2020
Deposit Date May 4, 2021
Series Title Lecture Notes in Information Systems and Organisation
Series ISSN 2195-4968
Book Title Digital Transformation in Industry
Chapter Number 19
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