Blockchain in a Volatile-Uncertain-Complex-Ambiguous World

Blockchain in a Volatile-Uncertain-Complex-Ambiguous World

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  • Editors: Kaliyan Mathiyazhagan, Raja Sreedharan, Deepak Mathivathanan, Vijaya Sunder M
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323899635

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Blockchain in a Volatile-Uncertain-Complex-Ambiguous World examines the role blockchain brings in supply chain management. The book explores the theoretical foundations and empirical frameworks for using Blockchain for the logistical transportation of goods and examines how blockchain applications, barriers and opportunities of numerous technologies, describing how each converge into feasible integration. Covering policymaking and regulatory issues from a research perspective, this book is a key reference for supply chain management scholars, students and practitioners.

Key Features

  • Uses the Volatile-Uncertain-Complex-Ambiguous (VUCA) framework for analyzing blockchain supply chain management
  • Includes numerous case studies from a variety of industries
  • Consolidates research of machine learning, IoT, and signal processing technologies for supply chain management


Research scholars, post graduate students. Industrial practitioners

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction to Blockchain technology
    2. Evolution of Blockchain technology in VUCA world
    3. Understanding the key features of Blockchains in supply chain
    4. Application of blockchain for handling volatility in supply chain
    5. Addressing uncertainty in supply chain management through Blockchain
    6. Characteristics and implementation areas of blockchain in supply chain management
    7. Complexity and Ambiguity for Blockchain adoption in SCM
    8. Role of blockchain in achieving solution in the ambiguous supply chain operations
    9. An approach towards integrating Blockchain in supply chain for VUCA scenario
    10. Regulatory issues in Blockchain adoption
    11. Case studies: Applications for Supply Chain and Logistics in the VUCA world

Product details

  • No. of pages: 320
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2022
  • Published: November 1, 2022
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323899635

About the Editors

Kaliyan Mathiyazhagan

Dr. K. Mathiyazhagan is currently working as an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Amity University, Noida, UP, India. He has more than 70 International publications. One of his papers was awarded as Excellence Citation Award by Emerald Publisher Ltd. He is Associate Editor of the Journal Environment, Development, and Sustainability and has edited many special issues in international journals. His Ph.D. research lies within the field of Industrial Engineering in general and within Green Supply Chain Management (GSCM) and Sustainable Supply Chain Management (SSCM) topics. He focuses in the areas of pressures and barriers for the adoption of GSCM and SSCM with the help of Multi Criteria Decision Making (MCDM) approaches. Further, his research also includes Sustainable Lean Manufacturing, Lean Six-Sigma, and Public Distribution System conducted within theoretical method development, as well as within real-life applications.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Amity University, Noida, UP, India

Raja Sreedharan

Dr. V. Raja Sreedharan is an Assistant Professor in the Rabat Business School, Université Internationale de Rabat, Morocco. Before joining the Rabat Business School he worked in the Amrita School of Business, Kochi, India. He undertook his doctoral research at the Department of Industrial Engineering, Anna University, and his Ph.D. was in the field of Lean Six Sigma. Before joining Amrita School of Business, he has worked as a faculty member at Anna University. As faculty, he taught Manufacturing System and Processes, Facilities Planning and Layout, Business Research Methods, Manufacturing Technology, and Data Analytics for both the Masters and Undergraduate programs. He has garnered corporate exposure working with Apollo Hospital as an external auditor for 5S implementation. He has attended international conferences and has published articles on Lean Six Sigma, MCDM Approach, and Structural Equation Modelling. His current research interests are centred in the field of Lean services, Healthcare Operations and Industrial 4.0.

Affiliations and Expertise

Assistant Professor, Rabat Business School, Universite Internationale de Rabat, Morocco

Deepak Mathivathanan

Dr. Deepak Mathivathanan is the Co-Editor, Management Matters, an Emerald publishing journal & an Assistant Professor in the Centre for Logistics and Supply Chain Management @LIBA. He is a Supply chain and Industrial engineering professional, Black belt in lean six sigma with over 9 years of teaching experience in operations management and facilitating supply chain projects, 8 years of research experience in the field of data driven decision making in supply chain management in automotive component manufacturing with 2 years of industrial experience in 2D & 3D modeling. His expertise include Supply chain sourcing, network design, capacity planning and optimization. He is trained towards continuous improvement using Lean Six Sigma and data driven quality tools with an academic background of Production engineering at bachelor level, Industrial engineering at master’s level and with a doctorate in Sustainable Supply Chain Management with an automotive industry perspective.

Affiliations and Expertise

Assistant Professor, Centre for Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Loyola Institute of Business Administration (LIBA), Nungambakkam, Chennai, India

Vijaya Sunder M

Prof. Vijaya Sunder M is currently an Assistant Professor at the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, India. Previously, he was the Head of Business Process Excellence at the World Bank Group. Vijaya holds a Ph.D. in Operational Excellence from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras, MBA from the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning and a gold medalist in Bachelor of Engineering from the Anna University. He is a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, PMP, ISO 9001:2015 Quality Lead Auditor, and Lean Facilitator, with about 15 years of industry experience across global corporate that include Citi, American Express, Barclays and the World Bank. He has led and mentored various process improvement and transformation programs that helped improve both top-line and bottom-line impact across reputed service firms. His research and teaching interests include Operational Excellence, Project Management, Continuous Improvement, Quality Management, Lean, Lean Six Sigma, and Industry 4.0 in manufacturing and service sectors (especially services). Vijaya has authored two books and published more than 40 research papers in several reputed outlets, including the International Journal of Operations and Production Management, Technovation, International Journal of Production Research, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, and Journal of Business Research, Technological Forecasting & Social Change etc. Teaching case studies authored by him have been published in Harvard Business Education Publishing. Prof. Sunder M has been serving as the editorial advisory board member of the International Journal of Lean Six Sigma, and a reviewer for >20 international journals. He actively writes in national and international media, including Forbes, Fortune, The Business Times Singapore, Outlook India, Quint, The New Indian Express, The Hindu, The Hindu Business Line, and The Future Factory. He has been recognized with Walter E. Masing Book Award 2020 for his book Ten Commandments of Lean Six Sigma by Emerald Publishing and honored as a thought leader in the global quality management community by the International Academy for Quality. His other book, Lean Six Sigma in Banking Services, has received several appreciations from recognized quality management practitioners in the industry. He has been bestowed with the Highly Commended Paper Award 2017 and Outstanding Reviewer Award 2018 by Emerald Publishing (Emerald Literati Awards for Excellence). Further, he was conferred with the Best Researcher Award (IITM Institute Research Award for highest quality and quantity of research productivity) by IIT Madras in 2018, Bharat Vikas Award 2019 (for outstanding contributions in the field of Quality Management) by the Institute of Self-Reliance, approved by Human Resources Development Ministry, Government of India. Recently, the Indian School of Business recognized Prof. Sunder M as the Professor of the Year 2021.

Affiliations and Expertise

Assistant Professor, Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, India

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