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Title: New flexibility drivers for manufacturing, supply chain and service operations [Editorial]
Authors: Ivanov, D
Das, A
Choi, TM 
Keywords: Flexibility
Flexible manufacturing
Supply chain management
Supply chain risk management
Supply chain coordination
Industry 4.0
Manufacturing systems
Service supply chain
Ripple effect
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Source: International journal of production research, 2018, v. 56, no. 10, p. 3359-3368 How to cite?
Journal: International journal of production research 
Abstract: Increasing product proliferation, customisation, competition and customer expectations, as well as supply side disruptions, pose significant challenges to firm operations. Such challenges require improved efficiency and resilience in manufacturing, service and supply chain systems. New and innovative flexibility concepts and models offer a prospective route to such operational improvements. Several emerging issues in flexibility, such as risk and uncertainty management, environmental sustainability, optimal strategies under competition, optimal operations with strategic consumer behaviours are being examined in this regard. This overview provides a concise review of these critical research issues, and discusses related papers featured in this special issue. Four major flexibility drivers are classified: disruption risks, resilience and the ripple effect in the supply chain; digitalisation, smart operations and e-supply chains; sustainability and closed-loop supply chains; and supplier integration and behavioural flexibility.
ISSN: 0020-7543
EISSN: 1366-588X
DOI: 10.1080/00207543.2018.1457813
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