INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PRODUCTION RESEARCH
Special Issue: Platform Supply Chain Innovations
in the Blockchain Era
Professor Tsan-Ming Choi, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, (Managing Guest Editor)
Professor Jing Chen, Dalhousie University,
Professor Guo Li, Beijing Institute of Technology,
Aims and Scope
The modern platform economy provides new opportunities and challenges for manufacturers to improve productivity, rethink coordination in the supply chain, and accelerate economic development (Ivanov et al. 2019; Choi et al. 2020). Its quick growth has significantly influenced the ways people live and their decision making behaviors, in such varied areas as shopping, lending, traveling, and health care. With the driver of big data, platforms (e.g., eBay, Uber, Airbnb, JD, etc.) have mushroomed, and they play an increasingly important role in promoting innovative changes in supply chains. Platforms offer major possibilities in optimizing resource allocation, promoting cross-border financial development and mass entrepreneurship innovations, promoting industrial upgrades, and expanding consumer markets.
Underlying risks and related challenges, however, cannot be ignored. Notably, the eye-catching stories from the news have reported that many well-known platforms have gone into bankruptcy after a short-term boom (e.g., ofo, TrustBuddy, and Ezubao), warning other supply chains of unprecedented risks. Governments, industries, and individuals are seriously concerned about the development of platforms. Of course, poor operations, a rupture in the capital chain, and/or loss of consumer and social trust may have contributed to the platform’s bankruptcies, in addition to risks inherent to the platform structure. The inherent interactive mechanisms between a platform’s operations and the associated risks, however, remain unclear. In addition, scientific managerial instruments that can prevent platforms from taking such unexpected risks while promoting supply chain innovations through platforms, are understudied in the existing management science literature.
With the fluctuation in bitcoin prices, the underlying Blockchain technology (Dolgui et al. 2020; Koh et al. 2020) has received much attention from the public. In fact, the Blockchain technology (originating with Bitcoin) has been widely applied to many industries, and has become a promising instrument for mitigating platform risks and solving platform-related supply chain issues (Choi 2019). Fundamentally, Blockchain establishes a “digital distributed ledger,” through decentralization and trust (Babich and Hilary 2020; Chang et al. 2020; Hastig and Sodhi 2020). The fascination of Blockchain is that it can establish a reliable and secure system to ensure the transparency and immutability of data through the entire supply chain system. The smart contract function also enhances production and operations (Dolgui et al. 2020; Pournader et al. 2020). Blockchain can help supply chains to improve end-to-end data transparency, reduce costs and risks, enhance sustainable operations (Saberi et al. 2019) and solve the phenomenon of information islands, through a process that integrates procurement, production, logistics, sales, and source tracking. The studies on platform supply chain innovations with Blockchain and related technologies are still understudied in the literature.
We thus propose to organize a special issue for International Journal of Production Research on the challenges and solutions of platform supply chain management in the Blockchain era. Topics might include, but are not limited to:
Platform based production research with blockchain applications;
Applications of Blockchain for platform supply chain management;
Cyber security and information sharing in platform supply chains, including information leakage, and security in popular platform settings;
Supply chain innovations through Blockchains, including business analytics, trends, and challenges;
Technology management in the Blockchain era;
Information management in platform supply chains in the Blockchain era;
Real world practice of Blockchain technology in platform supply chains;
Systems theory for platform supply chain management;
Operations economics in the Blockchain era;
Risk management for platform supply chains using Blockchain.
This special issue will consolidate findings from the existing vast literature on supply chain management theories, and report novel advances in the area. Submissions with different research methodologies, such as analytical modeling, behavioral experiments, theory-based empirical studies, and multi-methodological approaches are welcomed. We aspire to make this a high impact journal issue on Platform Supply Chain Innovations in the Blockchain Era.
All manuscripts should be submitted via the online editorial system of International Journal of Production Research, at Please submit only papers that have not been previously published and are not currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. Manuscripts will be refereed according to normal standards and procedures of International Journal of Production Research.
The submission deadline is March 31, 2021.
The special issue is scheduled for publication in 2022.
Babich, V. and G. Hilary. 2020. “Distributed ledgers and operations: What operations management researchers should know about blockchain technology.” Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, published online.
Chang, Y., E. Iakovou and W. Shi. 2020. “Blockchain in global supply chains and cross border trade: A critical synthesis of the state-of-the-art, challenges and opportunities.” International Journal of Production Research 58(7): 2082-2099.
Choi, T.M. 2019. “Blockchain-technology-supported platforms for diamond authentication and certification in luxury supply chains.” Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review 128: 17-29.
Choi, T.M., S. Guo, N. Liu and X. Shi, 2020. “Optimal pricing in on-demand-service-platform-operations with hired agents and risk-sensitive customers in the blockchain era.” European Journal of Operational Research 284 (3): 1031-1042.
Dolgui, A., D. Ivanov, S. Potryasaev, B. Sokolov, M. Ivanova and F. Werner. 2020. “Blockchain-oriented dynamic modelling of smart contract design and execution in the supply chain.” International Journal of Production Research 58(7): 2184-2199.
Hastig, G.M., and M.S. Sodhi. 2020. “Blockchain for supply chain traceability: Business requirements and critical success factors.” Production and Operations Management, published online.
Ivanov, D., A. Dolgui, and B. Sokolov. 2019. “The impact of digital technology and Industry 4.0 on the ripple effect and supply chain risk analytics.” International Journal of Production Research 57(3): 829-846.
Koh, L., A. Dolgui, and J. Sarkis. 2020. “Blockchain in transport and logistics – paradigms and transitions.” International Journal of Production Research 58(7): 2054-2062.
Pournader, M., Y. Shi, S. Seuring and S.C.L. Koh. 2020. “Blockchain applications in supply chains, transport and logistics: A systematic review of the literature.” International Journal of Production Research 58(7): 2063-2081.
Saberi, S., M. Kouhizadeh, J. Sarkis and L. Shen. 2019. “Blockchain technology and its relationships to sustainable supply chain management.” International Journal of Production Research 57(7): 2117-2135.
Team of Guest Editors
Tsan-Ming Choi is currently Professor of Fashion Business at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He has published 16 books, and over 200 papers in web of science listed journals. His papers have appeared in journals such as International Journal of Production Research, Production and Operations Management, Journal of Operations Management, Decision Sciences, Automatica, European Journal of Operational Research, IEEE Transactions (various), Naval Research Logistics, Risk Analysis, Transportation Research—Part B, Transportation Research—Part E and Omega. He is currently the Co-Editor-in-Chief of Transportation Research—Part E, a senior editor of Production and Operations Management, and Decision Support Systems, an associate editor of IEEE Transactions on SMC-Systems, and Information Sciences, and an editorial board member of International Journal of Production Research.
Jing Chen is a Professor of Supply Chain Management and William A. Black Chair in Commerce at the Rowe School of Business, Dalhousie University. She has published over 40 papers in web of science listed journals. Her papers have appeared in journals such as International Journal of Production Research, Journal of Retailing, European Journal of Operational Research, Decision Sciences, Transportation Research—Part E, and Omega. She is currently serving as an associate editor of International Transaction in Operational Research (ITOR) and has been served as a guest editor for ITOR, Annals of Operations Research, and International Journal of Production Research.
Guo Li is a Professor of Operations Management at School of Management and Economics, Beijing Institute of Technology, China. His research interests include green supply chain management, data driven decision analytics, and operations management and marketing interface. He has authored/edited several research handbooks and published over 40 papers in peer-refereed academic journals such as International Journal of Production Research, Journal of Operations Management, Decision Sciences, Transportation Research—Part E (TRE), International Journal of Production Economics, Annals of Operations Research (ANOR), and Journal of Cleaner Production. He is currently serving as an associate editor for International Journal of Advanced Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing, managing guest editor for ANOR and TRE, and an editorial review board member for Production and Operations Management.
Xiaohang Yue is a professor of supply chain/operations management in Lubar School of Business at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His research interests include supply chain management, operation management and marketing interface. He has published over 50 papers in peer-refereed academic journals such as International Journal of Production Research, Operations Research, Production and Operations Management, OMEGA, Naval Research Logistics, IIE Transactions, Decision Sciences, IEEE Transactions, and European Journal of Operational Research. He is currently serving as a senior editor for Production and Operations Management, and an editorial advisory board member for Transportation Research Part E.