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

Kawaljeet Kapoor, Ali Ziaee Bigdeli, Yogesh K. Dwivedi*, Ramakrishnan Raman

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages33
JournalAnnals of Operations Research
Early online date17 Nov 2021
Publication statusPublished - 17 Nov 2021

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  • COVID-19 challenges
  • Digital technologies
  • Manufacturing
  • Pandemic
  • Repurposing


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