HPC Supply Chain Innovation Lab in a live conversation on 'The importance of supply chains and their fragility in the current political and economic environment'
In a live conversation with Bath Royal Literature and Scientific Institution (https://www.brlsi.org), Professor Jens Roehrich, Dr Mehrnoush Sarafan, Dr Jas Kalra, and Professor Phil Tomlinson discussed the importance of supply chains and their fragility in the current political and economic environment. The COVID crisis has highlighted the importance, resilience and fragility of supply chains which have had a significant impact on individuals, businesses and the Economy at large. The online panel discussion which was well attended by members of the public focused on various elements of supply chains, their management and adaptation to new and unforeseen circumstances. Prof. Roehrich talked about the nature and importance of supply chains, particularly in the context of exogenous shocks such as COVID19. Dr Sarafan then deliberated some critical aspects of making supply chains more resilient and better prepared for potential disruptions. Dr Kalra emphasised the importance of working with regional and national SMEs and leveraging, developing, and scaling their capabilities to make supply chains more resilient. Finally, Prof. Tomlinson explored the regional development implications of disruptions such as COVID19 and the role of government interventions and policy.