Global supply chains: the critical link to keep the world connected

Global supply chains: the critical link to keep the world connected

UOW webinar to address the current and future challenges of supply chain management

The University of Wollongong (UOW) will host an online webinar that will focus on the current and future state of supply chain management on Friday, 29th April at 10 AM AEDT.

The webinar will highlight key areas and learnings from recent disruptions to essential supplies, caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the war in Europe and changes to trade policies.  Implications on the future global supply of goods and services will be discussed.

From empty shelves in the supermarket, the late delivery of parcels, or the increasing fuel prices are all linked to the disruptions caused in the supply chain, increasing the cost and availability of goods for the end consumer.

In a globalised world, supply chain management remains centre stage in maintaining the smooth flow of goods and services across borders. There has been an ever-increasing need to find sustainable solutions as the world experiences unprecedented challenges that have shown the vulnerabilities of global supply chains.

UOW’s Associate Professor Matthew Pepper, from the Faculty of Business and Law, is an expert on supply chain management issues. His research focuses on the design and application of continuous improvement frameworks in supply chains and supply chain strategy.

“It’s time to rethink how we look at the supply chain and how to deliver the goods in a responsive and efficient way in an ever changing landscape,” Professor Pepper said.

“Being responsive to global trends and maintaining appropriate channels with suppliers and customers across markets is key to ensuring the continuity of supply.”

“With changing patterns and demands, rethinking supply and recognising that supply chains are becoming more dynamic, will help businesses make informed strategic decisions.”

“The complexities in supply chain management also mean there are opportunities for us to address supply chain management issues, and this is where data and enabling technology will help us make better decisions.

The webinar will also identify key trends and potential risks of the supply chain in the various markets that present numerous supply chain management challenges.



Associate Professor Matthew Pepper, School of Business, University of Wollongong

Professor Amrik Sohal, Monash University Business School

Professor Tinglong Dai, John Hopkins University’s Careys Business School 

The panellists will be introduced by UOW Vice-Chancellor Professor Patricia M. Davidson and the webinar will be moderated by Business & Law Executive Dean Colin Picker.


The webinar is free and registrations can be made on UOW’s website: