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A research team led by Dr. Nidal Dwaikat, Assistant Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management and Vice President for Planning, Development and Quality Assurance at An-Najah National University, in cooperation with Dr. Saed Zighan, Assistant Professor of Operations Management at the University of Petra, Dr. Moheeb Abualqumboz, Senior Lecturer in Project and Operations Management, Manchester Metropolitan University, and Dr. Ziad Al-kalha, Assistant Professor of operations management, University of Jordan, recently developed a new theory in the science of supply chain management.


The research team published a research study titled" The 4Rs Supply Chain Resilience Framework: A Capability Perspective" in the Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management.

The study aims at investigating the role of developing dynamic capabilities such as manufacturing, logistics, production capacity, and procurement in facilitating production changeover. A qualitative research methodology is used, with 36 semi-structured interviews conducted with multinational corporations. The study findings demonstrate four specific capabilities known as the 4Rs which are retooling, repurposing, recalibrating, and reconfiguration. Hence, the study provides a conceptual framework of operational resilience to understand how production changeover could be achieved. In addition, this 4Rs framework helps decision-makers to improve SC resilience and capabilities when facing a crisis such as COVID-19.

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The Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management is an invaluable source of information on all aspects of contingency planning, scenario analysis and crisis management in both corporate and public sectors. It focuses on the opportunities and threats facing organizations and presents analysis and case studies of crisis prevention, crisis planning, recovery and turnaround management.


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