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INESC TEC researcher publishes book on the supply chains of the future

Ana Cristina Barros, researcher at INESC TEC’s Centre for Enterprise Systems Engineering (CESE), is one of the editors of the book Next Generation Supply Chains: A Roadmap for Research and Innovation, published by Springer.

19th January 2021

The book, which presents the results of the European project NEXT-NET, aims to explore strategies for supply chains, in order to support companies in different dimensions, and help them overcoming several challenges (digitisation, climate change, scarcity of resources, etc.). This work identifies potential industrial scenarios for the next decade, according to the analysis made to different trends at the social, economic, environmental, technological and political levels, exploring how they can influence supply chains. It also introduces potential solutions to overcome the challenges of the future.

In addition, the book presents a strategic roadmap for implementing innovative strategies, as well as recommendations to support companies in their transformation process.

According to Ana Cristina Barros, "it is quite rewarding to observe how the results and recommendations of the book generated great interest among business managers, policy-makers and researchers in the field of supply chains".

The NEXT-NET project ran between 2017 and 2019, with the main goal of increasing the integration between production and distribution of supply chains, while proposing the implementation of a multisector and technological initiative, through the definition of research and innovation priorities for the supply chains of the future. Several members of the project’s consortium co-authored the 10 chapters included in the book. In addition to Ana Cristina Barros, INESC TEC researchers Pedro Pinho Senna and Ricardo Zimmermann also participated in this book.

The researchers mentioned in this news piece are associated with INESC TEC.