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Freight Transport Security and the Robustness of Global Supply Chains

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In recent decades supply chains have emerged as the most important elements in the global economy, spurring national and global economic growth. Yet, they are today facing a variety of challenges unlike any that have been seen since the end of World War II.  These range from geo-political factors involving tariffs and new trade arrangements to a wide range of new technologies, environmental and socio-cultural factors.  Furthermore, supply chains remain under constant attack from terrorists and criminal organizations. The importance of ensuring the security of these transportation systems has been widely recognized by scholars, practitioners, governments, and international organizations. Though several definitions of “security” have been proposed, a satisfactory definition encompasses the maintenance of the integrity of transportation systems and their protection from the threats posed by both terrorists and criminal organizations.  Such threats can take new shapes as a result of the many changes that are impacting supply chains.  The ever-growing concern with cyber security provides an obvious example. Although a rich literature on supply chain risk management has emerged in recent decades, very few works deal with the transportation systems and the factors that are posing new risks.   Furthermore, the heterogeneity of supply chains with respect to the various categories of traded goods and the specific risks to each supply chain’s transport system deserve scholarly attention.

Aim of the Special issue

The goal of this proposed Special Issue is to fill the gap identified above, to examine the risks posed by the emerging global changes that are impacting global supply chains for the security of their transportation systems.  

Possible topics for submissions include, but are not limited to:

  • Current and future security challenges to the transportation systems of global supply chains
  • The impact of macro factors (i.e. technology, environment, and globalization) on transportation security and global supply chains
  • Role of policies to safeguard transportation systems and supply chains from existing and new risks
  • Firms’ strategies to enhance supply chain security and their transportation systems
  • New technologies, innovations and security: potentials and/or risks
  • Freight transport security models and their impact on global supply chains

Full manuscript submission deadline

Submmision deadline: 29th February 2020.

Submissions will be subject to Transport Reviews' normal rigorous peer review process.

Details of Transport Reviews’ content guidelines, paper preparation information and evaluation practice are available on the journal’s Aims & Scope and Instructions for Authors pages.

Reviews will be completed by July 2020. Revisions and final decisions on contributions will be made by October 2020.

This Special Issue has been scheduled for publication in Volume 41(1), January 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Potential contributors are encouraged to contact the guest editors before submission for any questions about fit within scope, deadlines and similar:

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