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International Journal of Logistics

Research and Applications

Industry 3.5 for sustainable supply chain management: challenges and foresight

Leading nations have reemphasized smart manufacturing and resilient supply chains, via national manufacturing strategies such as Industry 4.0 for leadership in restructuring global manufacturing networks. However, most of emerging countries may not be able to directly migrate for Industry 4.0, while also facing new challenges raised by pandemics such as COVID-19. Alternatively, Industry 3.5 is proposed as a hybrid strategy, i.e., between Industry 3.0 and to-be Industry 4.0, to call for disruptive innovations to humanize the needs for industrial migration and manage the potentially disruptive socio-economic impacts of such a transition, while considering sustainability (Chien et al., 2016; Chien et al., 2021). International enterprises are battling for dominant positions via providing novel manufacturing platforms in their supply chain toward sustainability (Bui et al., 2021; Tseng et al., 2020). Rather than transforming the whole production facility, AI and big data technologies can be employed as novel solutions to empower smart manufacturing while reducing wastes. For example, sustainability in international textile industry is increasingly complicated since product mix and international operations are complicating with more adoption of multi-functional textile supply chain (Tseng et al., 2021).

Shifting manufacturing paradigm and new business models will impact global resource utilization and the environment in the supply chain networks. Increasingly resource constraints and severe environmental pollution have made resource utilization and environmental protection worldwide. Existing manufacturing facilities can be enhanced for sustainable transition to meet new product demands, while managing all resources and energy consumption effectively to reduce environmental cost and enhance green production. However, little research has been done to address management and environmental challenges and development in sustainable supply chain management for the migration for Industry 3.5.

Thus, this SI aims to address the challenges, research developments, and foresight for Industry 3.5 sustainable supply chain management. This SI will guide future research and development directions for sustainable supply chain management to facilitate successful migration for Industry 3.5 and Industry 4.0. Interested topics include but not limited to:


  • Industry 3.5 for sustainable supply chain frameworks for various industries;

  • Assessment for Industry 3.5 sustainable supply chain management; 

  • Case studies of sustainable supply chain management for sustainable Industry 3.5;

  • Novel theories and solutions for sustainable supply chain management for Industry 3.5;

  • Challenges and foresight for Industry 3.5 sustainable supply chain management.

Manuscript Preparation and Submission
Please follow the “Guide for Authors” of International Journal of Logistics Research and Application to prepare manuscripts. Please submit your manuscripts via T&F System for “SI: Industry 3.5”. Contributors are encouraged to communicate with the editors by e-mail: cfchien@mx.nthu.edu.tw (Prof. Chien) and/or tsengminglang@gmail.com (Prof. Tseng).

Important Dates

  • Deadline for manuscript submission: 31 December, 2021

  • Review report: 15 February, 2022

  • Revised paper submission deadline: 31 March, 2022

  • Notification of final acceptance: 30 April, 2022

  • Approximation publication date: May  2022

Guest Editors

  • Chen-Fu Chien (Managing Guest Editor), Department of Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan, E-mail: cfchien@mx.nthu.edu.tw  

  • Ming-Lang Tseng (Managing Guest Editor), Institute of Innovation and Circular Economy, Asia University, Taiwan, E-mail: tsengminglang@gmail.com

  • Kathleen Aviso, Center for Engineering and Sustainable Development Research, De La Salle University, Manila, Philippine, E-mail: kathleen.aviso@dlsu.edu.ph 

  • Ha Minh Hiep, Directorate for Standards, Metrology, and Quality (STAMEQ), Ministry of Science and Technology, Vietnam, E-mail: haminhhiep@gmail.com  

Bui, TD., Tsai, FM., Tseng, ML., Tan. R.R., Yu, KDS., Lim, MK. (2021). Sustainable supply chain management towards disruption and organizational ambidexterity: a data driven bibliometric analysis. Sustainable Production and Consumption 26, 373-410.

Chien, C.F., Chou, C.W., Yu, H.C. (2016). A Novel Route Selection and Resource Allocation Approach to Improve the Efficiency of Manual Material Handling System in 200-mm Wafer Fabs for Industry 3.5. IEEE Trans. Automation Science and Engineering, 13(4), 1567-1580.

Chien, C.F., Tseng, M.L., Tan, R.G., Tan, K., Velek, O. (2021). Industry 3.5 for Sustainable Migration and Total Resource Management. Resources, Conservation & Recycling, 169 (105505), 1-2.

Tseng, M.L., Bui, T.D., Tsai, F.M., Lim, M.K., Tan, R.R. (2021). Comparing world regional sustainable supply chain finance using big data analytics. Industrial Management & Data Systems 121(3), 657-700.

Tseng, M.L., Ha, H.M., Wu, K.J., Iranmanesh, M., Lim, M. (2020). Sustainable supply chain management in stakeholders: supporting from sustainable supply and process management in healthcare industry in Vietnam. International Journal of Logistics Research and Application.