Call for Papers - Production Planning & Control: The Management of Operations - Achieving Sustainability in Supply Chain Operations in the interplay between Circular Economy and Industry 4.0
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Call for Papers Achieving Sustainability in Supply Chain Operations in the interplay between Circular Economy and Industry 4.0 Why this subject? Circular economy (CE), a recently emerged industrial paradigm (Ellen MacArthur Foundation, 2012; Urbinati et al., 2017), proposes a new perspective to business innovation through organisational and operational systems of production and consumption (Lopes de Sousa Jabbour et al., 2018). One of the perspectives of CE is focused on a circular approach to energy and materials for providing economic, environmental, and social benefits of triple bottom line (Geissdoerfer et al. 2017). CE reconciles the outlook for a nation's economic growth with environmental and social benefits, while, at enterprise level, it aims to create superior value (Henley, 2013). CE addresses some of the issues of ecological degradation and resource scarcity in a business context (Su et al., 2013; Vladimirova, 2017; Mangla et al., 2018). Producers are adopting modern technology enablers such as 3D printing, Internet of Things (IoT), digitisation, data analytics and Industry 4.0. Industry 4.0, regarded as the “Fourth Industrial Revolution” (UNIDO, 2017), aims to enhance industry's performance (Gates, 2017) with concerted effort of technologies (e.g. Big Data, IoT and digitisation, etc.) approaches, methodologies, and operational capabilities. However, appropriate alignment of the Industry 4.0 initiatives and the enterprises’ long-term strategic objectives is essential to enhance overall performance (Gates, 2017) of a supply chain. For example, manufacturing firms like Caterpillar (Caterpillar Energy Solutions GmbH, 2017) and Renault, etc. have adopted Industry 4.0 to enhance their efficiency and reduce costs. BMW, Jaguar Land Rover, Rolls-Royce, GE and Philips, etc. have implemented Industry 4.0. In the food sector, for example, Mondelez, the owner of many prominent brands like Cadbury, Milka, Oreo and Toblerone etc., at their Global Centre of Excellence for chocolate in Bournville, UK, has adopted Industry 4.0 based smarter factories (Mondelez International, 2017) aiming to improve process efficiency in their supply chains through manufacturing and packaging waste reduction and productivity improvement. Nestlé has participated actively in the Industry 4.0 agenda in Germany to improve their resource efficiency, reduce environmental impact of packaging wastes and enhance productivity through digitisation of operations (Nestlé, 2018). A recent report of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO, 2017) indicates Industry 4.0 as one of the accelerators of ‘sustainable energy’. Therefore, integration of smarter technologies (through Industry 4.0) and sustainability can provide more effective means to control the production system as compared with that of the traditional centralised system thereby aiming to achieve some aspects of the CE oriented operations. Further, use of Industry 4.0 can have a variety of sustainability implications, such as optimal use of resources and technology etc. (Liao et al., 2017). CE oriented Industry 4.0 can assist operations managers to enhance environmental performance and control in terms of both resource and energy efficiency (Fatorachian and Kazemi, 2018). In the UK, the Food and Drink Federation has identified Industry 4.0 as one of the ‘pre-competitive areas’ in the food industry (Mondelez International, 2017). CE is viewed as the condition for sustainability (Geissdoerfer et al., 2017) which is embedded in the Courtauld Commitment 2025 (WRAP, 2018). Courtauld 2025 aims to improve sustainability aspect in the UK's food and drink sector through enhanced resource efficiency and more waste reduction. Manufacturers participating in both Courtauld 2025 and Industry 4.0 agendas, such as Cadbury, Mars Nestlé, Heinz, Premier Foods and Kerry Noon, and grocery retailers, such as Asda and Morrisons, are striving to reduce waste, improve packaging and reduce carbon footprint. There is a need of research to understand Industry 4.0 driven sustainability operations within a circular economy context. Thus, this special issue seeks to answer the following research questions to understand the interplay between circular economy oriented Industry 4.0 agenda and sustainable supply chain operations: • How does Industry 4.0 operate to enhance productivity and resource/energy efficiency within a circular economy context in supply chain operations? • What are the drivers and barriers of Industry 4.0 within a circular economy context for achieving sustainable supply chain/logistics operations? • How do the innovative capabilities of sustainable supply chains/logistics mediate in the interplay between Industry 4.0 and circular economy practices from operations management perspective? What could you contribute? Contributions to this special issue will generate a new body of knowledge that will provide a unique opportunity to advance the understanding of the impact of Industry 4.0 within a circular economy context. Outstanding contributions that report new theory development through adequate case studies, empirical and real-world cases with relevant practical and/or managerial implications are welcome. Novel, outstanding, high-quality articles presenting original research outputs that have not been published or considered for publication elsewhere should include, but not be limited to, the following features: management of Industry 4.0 and circular economy operations for productivity improvement, waste reduction, enhanced resource efficiency, remanufacturing, reusing and recycling, etc. in sustainable supply chains innovation-led lean operations mediating in the interplay between Industry 4.0 and circular economy practices to achieve sustainable operations examination of how business organisations address Industry 4.0 and CE driven sustainability aspects in supply chains trading-off between circular economy operations and Industry 4.0 for conservation of water, food and energy resources in supply chains examination of the challenges/barriers and probable solutions/measures in dealing with Industry 4.0 based CE in the context of sustainability application of business models to address Industry 4.0 based CE operations role of original equipment manufacturers (OEM) and intermediaries in a circular economy while focusing on enhanced and sustainable performance through Industry 4.0 managing approaches, resources, methodologies, skills and innovative capabilities for Industry 4.0 based operations to achieve sustainability goals in circular economyto meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs #9, 7 and 13) of the United Nations and Courtauld Commitment 2025 respectively risk, uncertainty and resilience analysis for Industry 4.0 based CE operations in achieving the goals of sustainable supply chains/logistics evaluating coordination and collaboration in Industry 4.0 based sustainable operations within a circular economy. Manuscript submission Full length manuscripts are invited in this special issue of Production Planning & Control: The Management of Operations Authors are advised to follow the submission guidelines provided in the “instructions for authors” section of the journal. The authors should submit their manuscripts via the submission portal: https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/tppc. Submitted articles will first be evaluated by the guest editors of this special issue to ensure suitability in terms of scope of both the special issue and the journal. Suitable papers will be refereed as per the journal’s standard practice. Tentative time scale • Submission deadline: 31 December 2018 • Expected publication: September 2019 Special Issue Guest Editors Dr Sachin Kumar Mangla (Managing Guest Editor) Plymouth Business School, University of Plymouth, UK. e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com Dr Arijit Bhattacharya Norwich Business School, University of East Anglia, UK. e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; A.Bhattacharya@uea.ac.uk Dr Sunil Luthra Department of Mechanical Engineering, Government Engineering College, India. e-mail: email@example.com References Caterpillar Energy Solutions GmbH (29 November 2017). “Industry 4.0 readiness through digital plant control boosts efficiency and security of gas-powered cogeneration power plants.” https://caterpillar-energy-solutions.de/home-en/presse-en/press-releases/industry-4-0-readiness-through-digital-plant-control-boosts-efficiency-and-security-of-gas-powered-cogeneration-power-plants, Accessed on 31 May 2018. Gates, D. 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