A pandemic is a global outbreak of any infectious disease, thus posing a threat to the lives of people worldwide. Its impact is not only restricted to the life threats it possesses but also spans across businesses through disrupting the supply chains. One of the principal causes attributing to the disruption is the absenteeism of people from their workplaces due to the fear of getting contracted with the diseases. Absenteeism leads to a lack of production and, thereby, distribution, which eventually unsettles the supply chains globally.
However, organizations need to overcome these challenges by finding alternative avenues or contingency plans to put things back on track. Though the pandemics create adverse effects on some supply chains primarily through the unprecedented supply shocks, it can also create a surge in demand in some others. For instance, the pandemic COVID 19 has resulted in a surge in demand for products like hand sanitizers, hand wash, face masks, PPE kits, etc. The firms need to add additional capacity and try using whatever labour resources available at their disposal to meet such demand in the most efficient way. The current edition of the Society of Operations Management Conference aims to bring in the various challenges being faced by supply chains globally due to the outbreak of COVID 19 and the different measures being taken by the governments and organizations to streamline the supply chains under these extraordinary circumstances.
Society of Operations Management (SOM) is a professional society in India comprising academicians and practitioners in the field of Operations Management. The details can be found in http://www.soc-om.org/
The SOM 2021 conference welcomes submissions in the form of research papers, articles and case studies from the academicians, practitioners and policy makers. All the submissions must be original and not concurrently submitted to any other journal or conference. For making an oral presentation the authors need to submit an abstract of not exceeding 250 words. The abstracts must be consisting of the affiliation of all the authors including the contact details of the author who will be presenting the same. The abstracts will be peer reviewed by a committee of experts before acceptance. The topics for submissions (but not limited to) for the conference include the following.
P.S. For the purpose of presentation only, the authors need to submit only the Abstract, the length of which must not exceed 250 words. The author(s) needs to submit a set of 4-6 keywords as well along with their abstract. For publishing the papers, in the conference proceedings, the authors must submit the full paper. The guidelines for submitting the paper are as follows
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