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Sustainable supply chain in emerging economies during and post COVID-19 pandemic: a systematic literature review and future research directions

Humaira Nafisa Ahmed (Department of Mechanical and Production Engineering, Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology, Dhaka, Bangladesh) (Department of Industrial and Production Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka, Bangladesh)
Sayem Ahmed (Department of Mechanical and Production Engineering, Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology, Dhaka, Bangladesh) (School of Engineering and IT, University of New South Wales, Canberra, Australia)
Muztoba Ahmad Khan (School of Business, Carroll University, Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA)
Syed Mithun Ali (Department of Industrial and Production Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka, Bangladesh)

International Journal of Emerging Markets

ISSN: 1746-8809

Article publication date: 2 December 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

COVID-19 pandemic interrupted global supply chains (SCs) affecting both developed and developing countries. In context of the COVID-19 pandemic, numerous studies were conducted on sustainable supply chain (SSC) in emerging markets (EMs). However, the contributions of these studies require to be systematically reviewed to provide a platform of knowledge. The purpose of this review is to systematically explore the relevant literature on SSC management during the COVID-19 pandemic in EMs.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors applied Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) framework to perform a systematic literature review. Scopus database was used to extract the relevant literature, and 51 journal articles along with 5 conference proceedings were included in the study.

Findings

This study identified the major contents along with four different themes, which are the impacts of COVID-19 on the SC, recovery strategies to alleviate the adverse impacts of COVID-19, sustainable practices to improve SC performance and resilience activities to assure firms' survivability. Furthermore, the research reveals that interview/survey/case study–based research and review articles focusing on various industries have dominated the field of SSC management in the context of EMs.

Originality/value

This research enriches the literature by providing an overall scenario of SSC during the COVID-19 pandemic in the context of emerging economies.

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Citation

Ahmed, H.N., Ahmed, S., Khan, M.A. and Ali, S.M. (2022), "Sustainable supply chain in emerging economies during and post COVID-19 pandemic: a systematic literature review and future research directions", International Journal of Emerging Markets, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJOEM-01-2022-0092

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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