A research Seminar by Prof. Marianne Jahre, Professor of Logistics at Lund University & BI Norwegian Business and Joe Viana, Postdoctoral Fellow at BI Norwegian Business School was held on February 25, 2021.
Seminar Topic – Short of Drugs? Contributions from Operations and Supply Chain Management
Abstract – MIA (Measures for Improved Availability of medicines and vaccines) addresses the fact that previous research has tended to look at pharmaceutical supply chains from the manufacturers’ perspective. Funded by the Research Council of Norway and BI will, together with partners from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH), INSEAD, Lancaster University, Rotterdam School of Management, take a system-wide approach to understand medicine and vaccine distribution. Aiming to design supply chains that function both under normal conditions and in crises, MIA includes patients’ and governments’ perspectives, a better understanding of competition and the impact of digitalization. By building comprehensive models of the networks, different supply chain risk mitigation strategies, i.e. interventions, will be compared to see what works best under different circumstances. MIA planned to simulate an epidemic but was overtaken by coronavirus. The COVID-19 Supply Chain Task Force was set up together with NIPH, Jimma University, Institute of Health and St. Pauls Hospital Millennium Medical College, both in Ethiopia. Here we study what we can learn from the response to and effect of COVID-19 on causes and interventions for solving shortage problems and include low-income and high-income countries. We will present the project and some of our initial results.