Final Project – Assignments 8 and 9 – Assessing Pandemic Impacts
The impact that the COVID-19 pandemic caused to the world is huge and it was only possible because of
globalization and telecommunication technologies. The pressure of events like a pandemic is gigantic, but
the risks and impacts of COVID-19 on the global economy is unprecedented in history. In this course, all
assignments were designed to establish a connection between the essential aspects of theoretical and
technical concepts presented in the classroom with the opportunity to develop insights to improve your
expertise in how to apply this conceptual knowledge to analyze relevant contexts, assess/propose/design
solutions by contextualizing and put in practice what you learned in each chapter. This final project
allowed you to develop a combination of the two remain individual case study into the same assignment,
training your analytic competencies and practicing skills to produce and to deliver content in the web.
You already know that successful future professionals should be aware of how to become a problem solver
by develop tacit knowledge, practicing critical thinking and insights to design effective solutions,
highlighting and connecting these solutions with the best practices and technological resources available
to support your dealy activities. Right now, is highly desirable that you learn how adapt yourself to the
new connected world context, get used to work and study collaboratively as well as became savvy in
different collaboration technologies. You will have the chance to experience how to be YouTube content
producer (specific instructions for this is provided in this document).
This final project is a combination in the same assignment the remain Individual Case Studies 4 and 5.
By development this final project you will produce one single assignment and you will get the same
grade for Assignment 8 and Assignment 9. Also, you have the opportunity to getting extra-credit if you
match the requirements indicated for it.
In this assignment you will develop a research in order to white an essay and record a video-report to
share your knowledge about the context proposed in the sections Research Topic and Detailed
Assignment Parts. You will choose your research’s topics from section Research Topic below, and answer
a question writing an essay (600 to 1000 words) based on your research findings. Than you will use the
essay as a script to create a 3 to 6 minutes video-report to be shared as an unlisted video in your own
YouTube Channel, finally, you can format the essay text to convert it into a conference abstract
(formatting the essay and convert it into a conference abstract is extra credit, formatting the essay is not
mandatory to get full grade for this Final Project – remember the grade you get in this final project will
count as the grade for both Assignment 8 and Assignment 9).
Both, the video-report and the conference abstract, demand that you develop a supportive writing
material and match some requirements for you to get the full grade. It is expected that your assignment
match quality criteria such as: essay present excel in research content; video-report standard technical
quality, as well as the abstract, it should match conference template format. The instructions detailed
below will provide you guidance in this matter.
You will research the impacts of COVID-19 on the world taking into consideration its power as global
business pressure, which imposes significant repercussions never imagined. You should start to
read/collect material about the economic and social stress caused by the social distancy and closing
measures adopted by world economies to restrain the pandemic. In your research, you will explain the
role/implications of technology in the world context of COVID-19 economical repercussions (listed below)
of this pandemic crisis affecting a variety of society sectors and business domains:
A. describing the negative impacts/repercussions (choose to focus your analysis in one sigle aspect
which can be: competitive advantage, organizational response, strategic planning, future
investments, and ethical/legal issues),
B. highlighting societal/economical pros/cons of the damage control measures adopted
C. indicating at least one potential innovation that global scale restrictions brought for the business
domains researched (related with the topics I and II you will choose).
Each of the above analyses contexts shows a point of view where COVID-19 has been impacted
society/business that you must consider and comment on your essay (600 words minimal – 1000 words
maximum) to present your assessment of each context above (A, B and C) taking into consideration the
connections/implications for the topics from these two categories (pick one topic from each category):
I. Information Technology related impacts (choose only one): information security,
data/knowledge management, technology infrastructure, telecommunications, mobile/social
computing, and artificial intelligence;
II. Affected Society/Business Sectors (choose only one): environment/ecology, agriculture,
education, science, health care, marketing, stock market/banks, digital/social economy,
industry/retail, tourism/hospitality, culture/entertainment, supply chain/customer relationship,
legal/international affairs, job market, humanitarian/social welfare, government/public servers;
The question your research/essay should answer is: What are the economical repercussions of COVID 19 to the essences of Topic II developments/recovery, that can be directly/indirectly affected (for good
or bad) by the Topic I?
Both essay and video-report must present the mandatory following required content:
1. Author’s Name
2. Author’s Major
3. Categories choose: Topic I Topic II
4. Essay’s Title: COVID-19: Analyzing both sides of a pandemic impacts
5. Introduction (to present the topics you will analyze, describing the connection/relationship
6. Development (to analyze the impact of COVID-19 has in the synergic implications between the
chosen topics I and II regarding the proposal contexts A and B)
7. Conclusion (Your answer to the essay question, highlighting in your argumentation your
suggestions to support the proposal context C)
8. References (to present all sources consulted using the recommended citation format; you can
show this information using a single slide presented at the end of your video-report)
9. Link to the video report (link must work or you will get 2 points penalty overall the grade)
• Check the reputation of sources used. Take in mind that reliable sources are those are published
by officially recognized institutional publishers (web sites from recognized organizations,
companies, magazines, news papers, entrepreneurs blogs, third sector/governamental/non governamental agencies, universities, research society, etc…), based on facts that can be easily
verified online, that are peer-reviewed, its authors are expertized or have a good reputation in its
domain (professionals, researchers, commentators, journalists, bloggers who are experts in its
domain), it was cited or shared or recommended by certified agencies (private, public, academic
or enterprise). The content and the authors are supported by recognized/reliable national and
• Extra-credict: Format the essay’s text to be presented as a conference abstract is extra-credit, the
formatting is not a mandatory part of the final project. The answer for the final project
assignment is the essay (not formatted) including as part of its content the link for your video report in YouTube (do not upload the video-report file as answer of this final project, you will
get grade ZERO for doing that). I highly recommend you to write the essay as a draft for the
conference abstract. You will use the essay anyway as the script to guide you to produce the
video-report. You can decide later if you want to get the extra-credit, then you MUST apply the
required text formats (template format and citation format) on essay’s content to convert it into
a proper conference abstract;
• You should start Part 1 as soon as possible it will demand time for you to select your research
topics and proceed with the research/data collection. You must keep research notes to help you
to write the essay and save it on your computer, to be used in part 2 and 4. Check the similarity
reports as soon you have finished the final version of essay, before recording your video-report.
Remember: you can submit as many versions of the essay in Tunitin before the due date.
• Start Part 2 as soon as you finish Part 1 (no later than two weeks before the due date): recording
a video demands time and attention to details to guarantee its content completeness and it
matchs quality standards. This is the last assignment of the course, and you still have the course
weekly activities to accomplish. That is why it is being released 6 weeks in advance.
• Start Part 3 and Part 4 no later than one week before the due date. You should decide if you will
take the extra-credit, to have enough time to convert the essay into a conference abstract to
match the format requirements as well as test the video-report link. Even though you have time
until the due date, technical issues are always possible to occur, connective can be hard in the
end of the term. There are no excuses for those who wait until the last minute to complete the
assignment since it has been released 6 weeks in advance.
• You only will submit one single Docx file as the answer of the Final Projet: the essay file (not
formatted) or the conference abstract (essay text formatted) with the link for the video-report
inside these files. DO NOT SUBMIT BOTH FILES (essay and abstract), DO NOT SUBMIT THE
VIDEO-REPORT FILE, you will get heavy and cumulative penalties, including ZERO grade.
• The grading criteria for this final project is to get you 2 points for each of the five grade criteria
detailed in the assignment rubric. The grade you get in final project will be the grade you will
get for both assignments(8 and 9). Also, you get 10 points for extra-credit overall the course
final grade to whom deliver the essay content properly formatted as a conference abstract
(same essay’s rubric will be apply to assess the conference abstract content quality);
• Complete and submit the assignment by 23:59 CST Sunday – May 10th, 2020
Detailed Assignment Parts:
Part 1: Research/Developing the Content: Take into consideration this is the most important part of the
this project, the research is the requirement to write the essay/script to record the video-report. THE
ESSENTIAL PART OF THIS ASSIGNMENT IT WILL BE THIS RESEARCH YOU WILL DEVELOP BEFORE
RECORDING THE VIDEO-REPORT. To be successful in this part, matching the content quality criteria and
guaranteeing full grade, you should:
a. Make sure you understand the activity main goal and you are taking care of all Research Topic
and Assignment Instructions requirements properly (Check this week online office hours);
b. Checking more than one source to use as a content reference, and always keep full record of all
references data and all material consulted (including date/time you accessed, and the link);
c. Give proper credit to avoid plagiarism (remember you will share your report online and
plagiarism would be easy to be noticed);
d. Take notes of all research findings and save it on computer. Check if your notes are providing
complete information to covers all the essential content items requirements to answer the essay
question in Research Topic;
e. Finally, use your notes to write the essay as required in Research Topic (it will serve as the draft
for the conference abstract) use it as the script to guide you to record your video-report.
Save your essay you will use it in Part 2 and Part 4
Part 2: Create a video-report: Now it’s time for you to record your video-report, based on the content of
your essay developed in Part 1, presenting it in a 3 to 6 minutes video. You can use your phone to record
your video-report. Save and named the file in your computer before upload to your YouTube channel. You
might need to edit your video to match/review/update this project’s technical quality requirements, such
as to include your references at the end of the video. This Part 2 is related to video-report quality of
production, so look at the next sections before starting recording it.
IMPORTANT 1: This video-report, along with the content developed in Part 1, is the essential part of this
final project answer, and the video-report MUST cover the following contents items:
a) at the beginning of the video you should introduce yourself with name, major, course name
(Information Systems in Organization) and term (Spring 2020)(essay content, Research Topic,
essay questions and items 1 and 2);
b) You must briefly describe the context of the research (present a quick overview about COVID-19
global impacts on the selected topics, present the essay’s title and the topics I and II you choose
to research (essay content, Research Topic items 3 to 5);
c) You must objectively present your research findings (essay content, Research Topic item 6);
d) You must objectively share your considerations about the topic studied and your references
(essay content, Research Topic items 7 and 8, references can be presented in a single slide at the
end of the video)
e) Briefly, you should provide feedback on the experience of developing this assignment, share how
this activity might/might not help you to improve your professional competences.
Reserve the first 4 to 5 minutes of the video-report to cover the items a to d, and use the final minutes
to working in item e. Try to not exceed the time, keep the report between 3 (minimal) to 6 minutes
tops (it is allowed exceed in 10 to 20 seconds beyond 6 minutes), avoiding getting penalties to exceed
the time or to produced a too-short video.
IMPORTANT 2: There are a few quality and technical standards that your video-report MUST match:
i. Narrative video is not allowed, you must appear in the video in the foreground, so it is not
allowed for you to just be heard and do not be seen in the video-report (no voice-over reports
– exceptions allowed only under proper justifications).
ii. Pay attention to the quality of the audio and image: surround noise, problems to
hear/understand what you are saying or to see you will result in penalties.
iii. Make sure your video is accessible, so include subtitles on it;
iv. Make sure your video is public copyright sharing, make it creative commons licensed (another
reason to be aware to avoid plagiarism);
v. Make sure that your video-report does not have less than 3 or more than 6 minutes (few seconds
exceed, about 10 to 20 seconds, are allowed, more than this you will get penalties).
vi. Remember that producing a quality audio-visual material demands time and sometimes many
takes might be needed until you get the best shot;
vii. Pay attention to many aspects can interfere or compromise the quality of your video: light, noise,
background, stage fright, forgetting essential content and experience many different technical
Part 3: Create a YouTube channel and upload the video-report: If you do not have a Google Account, you
should create one to be able to create your YouTube channel.
• You will name your channel as COSC3325-YourSection#-YourName (in my case it will be
COSC3325-2835X -ScheilaMartins). If you already have a Google Account, then you only need to
create a new channel and name it as requested above. You will find the instructions to create a
Google Account or a second YouTube Channel in the slides COSC3325 – Introduction to Course
Basic Tools at link Individual Case Study – Description inside the folder Individual Case 5 in
Blackboard. You can also check these two videos Link1 or Link2.
• You MUST upload your video-report as an unlisted video on your YouTube channel. The
instructions about how to upload an unlisted video you will find in the slides COSC3325 –
Introduction to Course Basic Tools at link Individual Case Study – Description inside the folder
Individual Case 5 in Blackboard. You also can check the video Link3. Double check your channel
permissions/video-report link settings to guarantee the video is unlisted but accessible to others.
Part 4: Answer this Final Project on Blackboard: In order to correctly answer this final project, you must
go to Course Assignment folder inside the Assignment area, looking for the respective Turnitin
assignment entry and choose between:
i. Accomplishing Final Project WITHOUT interest in getting Extra-Credit:
a. Open the essay file you create/save in Part 1, COPY / PASTE the link of your video-report
inside to this file (accomplishing the item 9 from Research Topic), save it with the name
ESSAY-YourName and UPLOAD it on Turnitin.
ii. Accomplishing Final Project WITH interest in getting Extra-Credit:
a. Open the essay file you create/save in Part 1, proceed with the required content
formatting (text/references) to turn it into a conference abstract, using the
recommended template format and citation format. Save the file with the name
b. COPY / PASTE the link of your video-report as the last content of the file (accomplishing
the item 9 from Research Topic), save the file again and UPLOAD it on Turnitin.
IMPORTANT 3: You must share ONLY THE LINK for your video-report in the files ESSAY-YourName or
ABSTRACT-YourName. DO NOT UPLOAD your video-report file on Turnitin. The video-report file will not
be assessed unless as unlisted video in the student’s YouTube channel. The student that disobey this
requirement, uploading the video file on Turnitin will get ZERO as the Final Project final grade and do
not get Extra Credit.
IMPORTANT 4: You must upload ONLY ONE OF THE FILES ESSAY-YourName or ABSTRACT-YourName. DO
NOT UPLOAD BOTH FILES on Turnitin. In this case only ABSTRACT-YourName will be assessed. The
student that disobey this requirement, uploading both files on Turnitin will get 5 points penalty in the
overall Final Project grade and in Extra Credit grade.
IMPORTANT 5: Have in mind that you must test the link for the video-report in advance to guarantee it
works (send it to yourself or a family member by email, and test if it works in different devices), just to
make sure that it is working before you submit the essay/abstract. Links that do not work/do not open
will get a different penalties in the grade process plus 2 points penalty overall final project grade.
Turnitin Submission Instructions:
Many attempts of submission can be done at Turnitin until the due date, so make sure that you cover all
step’s requirements for the final project and review the similarity report, it should be under 20%
otherwise you will not get full grade.
Assignment Detailed Grading and Penalties Policy (They are cumulative and you can end
up with ZERO grade if you do not observe these requirements):
Check the complete grade rubric for this assignment, file COSC3325 – SP2020 – Final Project and Extra
Video-report missing ANY of the essential content items described in the IMPORTANT 1 section of the
Part 2 will get only half of the grade on Completeness criteria (competente level – Be aware of
IMPORTANT 1 requirement).
Video-report only containing audio (narrative video) is not allowed and it will get only half of the grade
on Technical Quality criteria (Competente level – Be aware of IMPORTANT 2 requirement)
Video-report lacking quality of sound/image making it difficult for the instructor to understand its content
will get only half of the grade on Technical Quality criteria (Competente level – Be aware of IMPORTANT
Video-report which the link shared does not work/open, preventing instructor to assessing the video report content will get NO credit for Technical Quality criteria (Insuficiente Level) plus 2 points penalty
in overall final project grade and in extra credit grade (Be aware of IMPORTANT 5 requirement, test the
links more than once in different devices and check your channel permissions).
Video-report with less than 3 minutes or more than 6:20 minutes will get 1 point of penalty overall final
project and extra credit grade
File ESSAY-YourName or ABSTRACT-YourName that report more than 20% rate in itsTunitin similarity
will get only half of the grade for Autenticy criteria (Competente Level) and rates superior to 30% get
NO credit to Authenticy criteria (Insuficient Level).
File ESSAY-YourName or ABSTRACT-YourName that misses the ANY required content listed in Research
Topic (items 1 to 8 Research Topic) will get only half of the grade for Completeness and Research criteria
File ESSAY-YourName or ABSTRACT-YourName range of words was less than the minimum required or
exceeds the maximum indicated will only half of the grade on Completeness criteria (competente level).
File ESSAY-YourName or ABSTRACT-YourName that misses the link for the shared video-report (item 9 of
Research Topic) will get NO credit for Technical Quality criteria (Insuficiente Level), get only half of the
grade for Completeness criteria (Competente Level) plus 2 points penalty overall grade for final project
and extra credit.
File ESSAY-YourName or ABSTRACT-YourName empty will get ZERO as final project and extra credit
File ABSTRACT-YourName that misses the required text/reference format it will get 2 points penalty on
Submission of the video-report file instead of files ESSAY-YourName or ABSTRACT-YourName as
requested will get ZERO as grade for final project grade and extra credit (Be aware of IMPORTANT 3
Submission of both files ESSAY-YourName and ABSTRACT-YourName in Turnitin will get 5 points penalty
overall final project grade and extra credit grade (Be aware of IMPORTANT 4 requirements).
Topic 1:Supply Chain Management
Topic II: Mobile Computing
COVID-19 Pandemic Impact on Supply Chain Management in Conjunction with Mobile Computing Systems
The COVID-19 pandemic that began in China at the end of 2019 has now grown exponentially to affect almost all countries in the universe (Scott, 2020). As the month of April came to an end, over 3 million cases around the globe had been confirmed and killing over 211000 people. Since it is a highly infectious virus, the primary precautions propagated are socially distancing and staying at home. When individuals stay distantly apart, the virus is contained by treating the already infected and protecting those not affected. However, these precautions would mean all the daily activities would come to a halt. Apart from the industries providing essential services, the other industries would come to a halt. To this effect the economic impact has been severe compared to other pandemics such as SARS or MERS (Scott, 2020). It is unfortunate that the epidemic continues to grow exponentially which means that the adverse effects will continue to be experienced for several weeks or months to come.
Supply chain is one of the sectors that has been affected immensely by the halt to economic activities. Products and services depend on supply chain management to reach to the end users (Oracle SCM, 2020). However, with the COVID-19 precautions, the links were intensively affected thus it became difficult to meet consumer contracts. For companies that would have built their competitive advantage in its fast and efficient supply chain, then these are the most testing times in terms of their contingency plans. Another sector that has been affected but pretty much on the positive side due to the increased use of digital platforms to do almost everything. Mobile computing systems constitute mobile technologies and systems that can be used to streamline operations (Kalem et al, 2016). For companies existing before the COVID-19 pandemic, they realized the importance of having a systematic approach of using mobile technologies to streamline operations.the players in supply chain management including the departments use these platforms for their operations too. With the COVID-19 pandemic, the mobile computing systems become increasingly essential to fulfill the simple supply chain management operations still going on.
This research paper is focussing on answering the question of what are the economic repercussions of COVID-19 to the essence of supply chain management development and recovery that could be directly or indirectly affected by mobile computing systems. Apart from discussing the repercussions, the societal or economic pros and cons that have risen from the damage control measures adopted will be delved into and finally one potential innovation that could aid in streamlining operations for the two sectors will be discussed.
The Synergic Implications of COVID-19 on the Two Sectors: Supply chain Management and Mobile Computing Systems
Many players in the business environments believe that to excel in whatever they do, they need to deliver the right product to the customers. This delivery of the right products will aid the company to gain a competitive advantage over its competition. Consecutively, fulfilling the promise of delivery requires a supply chain that is properly functioning. The supply chain is very crucial from the start of the production process as it determines how and in what state the key inputs will come into the production process. This was the situation in the normal world. However, the escalation of coronavirus meant that things needed to be done differently.
The first implication is on the difficulties in which manufacturers and retailers globally are finding it hard to source and meet its supply of inputs (Parsons, 2020). This is worsened by the fact that China-where the epidemic started-is a substantial resource for these components and finished products. For the time that China has been on complete lockdown, it meant that there was no supply of products from their manufacturing firms and companies had to rely on their inventory for further production. By the time this inventory is over, many manufacturers and retailers are forced to suspend their operations until things do come back to normal and supplies could reach the organizations.
Another implication on the supply chain management is considering China as one of the largest markets for the goods and services (Parsons, 2020). The local economies that are dependent on China as its primary consumer thus become affected since they are also not taking any more supplies. The consumers in China do not travel nor use the consumptions in the same levels as before. Therefore, for industries that supplied inputs such as coal for its power plants would be sent out for business. For instance in Mongolia, the truck drivers in charge of delivering coal to China indicated that they had lost their jobs as nothing mch was happening. China’s borders being closed and their demand going lower has led to these individuals and other employers in the supply chain losing their income to sustain their lives. This is the same case for the individuals employed in the supply management sector for both the suppliers and the consumers.
The resulting effect of declines in demand specifically due to the restrictions on individuals’ movement in conjunction with the health and safety concerns for employees has led to the factories closing down. This has affected operations in all the global value chains (GVCs). Since China has undergone the full cycle of the epidemic and tries to come back t o normalcy, the other countries are having to deal with the adverse effects of their lockdowns in their individual countries and also the declining demand for the products by the consumers. The effects go further up to reach the highest levels of economic commands. Therefore, as the pandemic evolves, other countries constituting the GVCs will have to experience the same cycle which is a cumulative negative effect of both supply bottlenecks and failing consumer demands. These downward trends in the fundamental aspects of supply chain management only increases the potential risk for global manufacturing to follow a downward spiral. This will ont only cause substantial damages to operations of individual countries but in the many supply chains that go beyond the borders.
Furthermore, this “second shock” of adverse effects will not be confined to the production and trade sectors alone but also affect investments (UNCTAD, 2020). As at the beginning of March, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) reported that capital outflows of a whooping $83 billion from the emerging markets which has been the highest outflows the organization has recorded. Concurrently, an unexpected request for emergency financing has been requested by over 80 countries. The impact of COVID-19 on foreign direct investments will be substantial even is fior the most times, the investments have proven to be less volatile. FDI is expected to reduce by 30-40% globally during the financial year 2020 to 2021 considering the revised revenues that multinational companies are to experience this year. Therefore, the ‘second shock’ that will arise from COVID-19 will have long lasting effects on the universal production levels compared to the temporary supply chain disruptions that are currently being experienced.
COVID-19 has also rattled the technology industry. China being the main region where the tech devices are manufactured meant that their production would stop due to the disease. How fast the production gets to come back, depends on how quickly the virus will be contained to ensure every human being will be out of danger. Analysts have indicated that the technology supply chain has been affected thus leading to product shortages and delays.
Nonetheless, this sector has also been considered to be very vital for the supply chain management sector. It is during this time that organizations have realized the importance of being agile (Horwitz, 2020). The supply chain sector had become broad in scope, compes and was evolving constantly. The consumers now had multiple options to purchase products online and track them across the value chain. Mobile computing system would allow organizations to integrate its supply chain function into their systems and have most of the administrative work done digitally (Kalem et al, 2016). During this era of the COVID-19 pandemic, meant that consumers and suppliers needed platforms to understand the current status of their supplies without meeting physically. Furthermore, due to the lockdowns experienced in towns and countries, the consumers would need to understand that their supplies may delay or never be availed until the pandemic has been totally contained. However, rather than leave the contracts as they are and later be accused of not meeting obligations, the mobile computing systems allow drafting and renegotiation of the contracts. This is a time where no alternatives are provided thus everything is shut down. Therefore, the consumer will need to understand the situation and aree top sit and come up with favorable contractual obligations (Betti & Ni, 2020)
Subsequently, mobile computing devices have come to help the supply chain management sector to keep its administrative work up and running. Failure to have such systems meant that the employees could not work remotely and operations could not move forth. Most companies had focused on investing in an intelligent SCM system that helps it maintain efficiency, manage costs and keep in contact with their consumers thus maintaining the competitive edge they have over their customers. It is proper to say that the mobile computing systems have had a direct positive effect on the supply chain sector despite the latter suffering losses from the COVID-19.
The Damage Control Measures Adopted
Players in Supply Chain Management are working hard to find the alternative solutions to their current predicaments. They include a quick shift of orders to either secondary or tertiary supplier levels so that they could meet the supply demands that had been missed by the primary suppliers especially for those in closer proximity (Betti & Ni, 2020). Others have been forced to move some fundamental practices back to their own factories to ensure that production is still going on. Other businesses would venture into completely different production systems to produce distinct products. For instance, an automotive business in China retooled its system of production to manufacture medical face masks that were in high demand. This move would aid in mitigating the spread of the pandemic while the business and its operations remain afloat. Revenues are also generated and a positive reputation is built for the company. These measures would only be implemented with the help of mobile computing systems.
The benefits from these measures included that the company would continue running and find revenues to cater for its employees who would have lacked. Nonetheless, these revenues are not enough compared to the prior environment. Additionally, these are short term engagements that are only providing solutions for the near future. The uncertainties surrounding the pandemic make it difficult for the companies to have long term strategies that will deal with the damages that have accrued.
Potential Innovation for the Global Scale Restrictions
These affected organizations need to rely on market intelligence before making any huge decisions. Market intelligence would ensure that the organizations get the requisite information of what is really happening on the ground. The distinct sources of information will provide insight for the next moves.
One long lasting alternative to dealing with the events of the pandemic is the establishment of robust mechanisms for disaster management (Vavra, 2020). This mechanism could be expensive compared to the relocation of production but it potentially increases the amount of savings that could be done in the next crisis. Establishing information chains will also boost the resilience of supply networks. Information on inputs and other key supply operations will be captured, analyzed and shared to make improvements in the entire supply chain management in the organization. Information on market demand will allow its tracking andpreictions thus adjustments could be made in the production systems (Vavra, 2020). This pandemic has exposed the challenges and risks that existed before just that the organizations were not keen to have proper contingency plans. Reforms for automation and digitalization of the supply chain processes and systems are what will provide this crucial information since the researching process will be streamlined.
COVID-19 is a pandemic that has changed the trajectories for many individuals and entities. Unfortunately this trajectory is looking downwards considering the economic downturn that many sectors are facing. The Supply Chain Management sector has been adversely affected considering most of its operations involve being on the move. Production systems had to be halted because supplies from different regions could not reach the manufacturing plants and consumers could not get the end products already produced. Nonetheless, the mobile computing systems have proven to help in the situation considering the existing systems that have an integrated supply chain function. It allows most of the administrative work to continue without people meeting physically. To this effect, while both sectors have suffered their own kind of repercussions from COVID-19, the mobile computing systems have aided the supply chain sector to deal with its repercussions.
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