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Emerging technologies in emergency situations (Guest editorial)

Fosso Wamba, Samuel; Queiroz, Maciel; Roscoe, Samuel; Phillips, Wendy; Kapletia, Dharm; Azadegan, Arash


Samuel Fosso Wamba

Maciel Queiroz

Samuel Roscoe

Dharm Kapletia

Arash Azadegan


The world is witnessing an unprecedented upheaval in global operations and supply chains (Azadegan & Dooley, 2021; Scholten et al., 2020). Increasingly occurring natural disasters and the COVID-19 pandemic have plunged organisations into a state of emergency, with many fighting for their very survival (Ivanov, 2020; Queiroz et al., 2020; Schleper et al., 2021). Be they large or small, short-lived or sustaining for some time, emergency situations present a potential risk to an individual’s health and livelihood, organisational and societal welfare, and to the wider environment (van de Walle & Turoff, 2008; Sarkis, 2021). Emergency situations typically require urgent action to restore operations to the previous scenario or new strategies for survivability and adaptation to an entirely new context (Ivanov & Dolgui, 2020b; O’Flynn, 2020). Due to the scale and immediacy of these events, a range of actors is often involved, including governments, non-governmental organisations, and businesses, that need to work together to mitigate threats to life and property. To find a way out of today’s emergency situations, managers urgently require guidance on how to rapidly redeploy operational resources and build resilience (Ivanov & Dolgui, 2021; Remko, 2020). Emerging technologies such as those related to industry 4.0 are well-positioned to help organisations rebuild and reconfigure their resilience capabilities (Koh et al., 2019; Spieske & Birkel, 2021).


Fosso Wamba, S., Queiroz, M., Roscoe, S., Phillips, W., Kapletia, D., & Azadegan, A. (in press). Emerging technologies in emergency situations (Guest editorial). International Journal of Operations and Production Management,

Journal Article Type Editorial
Acceptance Date Aug 3, 2021
Deposit Date Aug 5, 2021
Journal International Journal of Operations and production Management
Print ISSN 0144-3577
Publisher Emerald
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
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