How is COVID-19 altering the manufacturing landscape? A literature review of imminent challenges and management interventions


Disruption from the COVID-19 pandemic has caused major upheavals for manufacturing, and has severe implications for production networks, and the demand and supply chains underpinning manufacturing operations. This paper is the first of its kind to pull together research on both—the pandemic-related challenges and the management interventions in a manufacturing context. This systematic literature review reveals the frailty of supply chains and production networks in withstanding the pressures of lockdowns and other safety protocols, including product and workforce shortages. These, altogether, have led to closed facilities, reduced capacities, increased costs, and severe economic uncertainty for manufacturing businesses. In managing these challenges and stabilising their operations, manufacturers are urgently intervening by—investing in digital technologies, undertaking resource redistribution and repurposing, regionalizing and localizing, servitizing, and targeting policies that can help them survive in this altered economy. Based on holistic analysis of these challenges and interventions, this review proposes an extensive research agenda for future studies to pursue.

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Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School > Operations & Information Management
College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School > Advanced Services Group
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Uncontrolled Keywords: COVID-19 challenges,Digital technologies,Manufacturing,Pandemic,Repurposing,General Decision Sciences,Management Science and Operations Research
Publication ISSN: 1572-9338
Last Modified: 10 Jul 2024 07:10
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2021 13:48
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2021-11-17
Published Online Date: 2021-11-17
Accepted Date: 2021-10-29
Authors: Kapoor, Kawaljeet
Bigdeli, Ali Ziaee (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-8128-0918)
Dwivedi, Yogesh K.
Raman, Ramakrishnan



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