Industrialised countries are currently in the age of digitalization. Technological change, digitalised processes, real-life data and a high growth of sensible data influence daily business operations more than ever. It is predicted that disruptive innovations will significantly change business models of many organisations within the following years. Disruptive innovations will likewise affect supply chains. Future supply chains have to be cost-effective and innovative while also minimizing the environmental impact. Specifically, the transformation towards sustainable operations implicates many challenges. Besides the common criteria, upcoming trends have to be considered. New innovative technologies, such as Industry 4.0, will influence existing supply chains. Additionally, supply chains should not neglect the idea of collaborations to become resistant and resilient to a continuously changing business environment. My research will focus on the influence of these new technologies and their interaction with the fundamental idea of sustainability on supply chain performances.
Start date:October 2016
Research Topic:The Impact of Sustainable and Innovative Practices on Supply Chain Performances
Research pathway:Management and Business
Research Supervisor:Dr Maneesh Kumar and Dr Vasco Sanchez Rodrigues
Supervising school:Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University
Primary funding source:ESRC Studentship