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Knowledge management for supply chain resilience in pharmaceutical industry: evidence from the Middle East region

Saad Zighan (The Faculty of Administrative and Financial Sciences, University of Petra, Amman, Jordan)
Nidal Yousef Dwaikat (Faculty of Engineering and IT, An-Najah National University, Nablus, Palestinian Authority)
Ziad Alkalha (School of Business, The University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan)
Moheeb Abualqumboz (Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK)

The International Journal of Logistics Management

ISSN: 0957-4093

Article publication date: 14 July 2023




This study investigates the role of supply chain knowledge management in enhancing pharmaceutical supply chain resilience.


This study focusses on the Middle East region, where semi-structured online interviews were conducted with 38 professionals from the pharmaceutical supply chain to collect empirical data.


The study reveals that supply chain knowledge management is a crucial value-adding practice that improves pharmaceutical supply chain resilience. Effective supply chain knowledge management enables organisations to develop agility, change, adaptability, problem-solving, response and innovation capabilities that support supply chain resilience. However, challenges related to supply chain management practices, people, processes and technology hinder the effective promotion of supply chain knowledge.

Practical implications

This study reminds managers that knowledge management is critical for building resilience in supply chains.

Social implications

The study highlights the importance of a resilient pharmaceutical supply chain for organisations and society. The study advocates that effective supply chain knowledge management can help ensure a sustained supply of high-quality pharmaceutical products and services during crises.


The study offers novel insights by examining pharmaceutical supply chain resilience from a knowledge management perspective and highlighting the potential of knowledge capabilities to enable supply chains to recover from crises and adapt to the new normal. This study also highlights the key strategic considerations for managing knowledge effectively throughout the supply chain.



Zighan, S., Dwaikat, N.Y., Alkalha, Z. and Abualqumboz, M. (2023), "Knowledge management for supply chain resilience in pharmaceutical industry: evidence from the Middle East region", The International Journal of Logistics Management, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print.



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