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Influencing supply chain practice: the action principles approach applied to pandemic risk management

van Hoek, Remko, Lacity, Mary and Willcocks, Leslie ORCID: 0000-0003-2572-9554 (2022) Influencing supply chain practice: the action principles approach applied to pandemic risk management. International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management, 52 (5-6). 456 - 478. ISSN 0960-0035

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Identification Number: 10.1108/IJPDLM-11-2021-0474


Purpose: This paper offers a novel approach for conducting impactful research on emerging topics or practices. This method is particularly relevant in the face of emerging phenomena and new dynamics, such as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on supply chain risks. Because these new phenomena and dynamics are relatively unexplored, little prior knowledge exists in literature and industry, and they represent a large opportunity and/or challenge to practitioners. Design/methodology/approach: The action principles research (APR) approach, as a newer version of critically engaged research (CER), offers comparison against more traditional empirical or intervention-based research. The authors illustrate the approach with a pandemic risk-management study. Findings: The APR approach originated in the information technology field. It is highly applicable for researchers who are seeking to more expeditiously support decision making and actioning on new dynamics and emerging topics and practice in supply chain management than is allowed by traditional methods and longitudinal CER. Originality/value: In the context of ongoing calls for relevance, impact and actionable findings on pandemic risk management, this paper describes an approach to developing timely findings that are actionable for practitioners and that advance science around dynamic and emerging topics or practices. We hope this will grow societal value of research, particularly in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic and the new dynamics and uncertainties that managers face in modern supply chains.

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Additional Information: © 2022 Emerald Publishing Limited.
Divisions: Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Date Deposited: 10 Aug 2022 11:36
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2024 23:26

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