The Role of Artificial Intelligence in Supply Chain Agility: A Perspective of Humanitarian Supply Chain




Supply Chain Agility, Information Alignment, Supply Chain Collaboration, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data Analytics


The present study aims to establish a link between digital and humanitarian supply chain management. This study has focused on using artificial intelligence-big data analytical capabilities and information alignment to develop and maintain supply chain collaboration to achieve supply chain agility in a dynamic environment like a disaster. The targeted population is humanitarian organizations in Pakistan. Simple random sampling method, data was collected from 242 respondents using an online questionnaire. The Partial Least Square – Structural Equation Modelling technique has been used for analysis. Resource Based Theory and Contingency Theory in this study have provided foundations to develop and test the relationships among information alignment, supply chain agility, artificial intelligence – big data analytical capabilities, and supply chain collaboration in disaster management. Findings showed the use of artificial intelligence – big data analytical capabilities are beneficial for information alignment and supply chain agility.

Author Biographies

Elisabeth T. Pereira, GOVCOPP & DEGEIT - University of Aveiro, Portugal

Elisabeth T. Pereira is an Associate Professor at the Department of Economics, Management, Industrial Engineering and Tourism (DEGEIT) - University of Aveiro (Portugal), where she is Vice-Diretor of the Doctoral Programme in Economic and Business Sciences, Coordinator of the Dual Degree Master in Economics UA-VMU and Coordinator of International Mobility programmes for Economics studies. She is a full researcher at the GOVCOPP research unit. She is the author of several dozen articles published in international scientific journals, book chapters, and institutional reports. She is also a reviewer of national and international journals. She was chair and member of scientific committees at international conferences.

Muhammad Noman Shafique, GOVCOPP & DEGEIT - University of Aveiro, Portugal

Muhammad Noman Shafique received his Ph.D. in Business Management from Dongbei University of Finance and Economics in China in 2020. During his Ph.D., he received the Chinese Government Outstanding Student Award in 2018. Currently, he is working as a Post-doctorate at the University of Aveiro, Portugal and serving as Interim Placement for Fresh Ph.D. (IPFP) Fellow through the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan and was appointed to the University of Buner. He has published many research papers in SSCI/SCI journals like Engineering Economics, IEEE Access, Computers and Electrical Engineering, Journal of Services Marketing, and Psychology and Marketing, etc., and participated in conferences in different countries. 

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