The impact of IoT on the performance of vaccine supply chain distribution in the COVID-19 context

Kumar, Shashank, Raut, Rakesh D., Priyadarshinee, Pragati, Mangla, Sachin Kumar, Awan, Usama and Narkhede, Balkrishna Eknath (2022) The impact of IoT on the performance of vaccine supply chain distribution in the COVID-19 context. IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management. pp. 1-12. ISSN 00189391 (In Press)

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The Government of India has started the distribution of the Covishield and Covaxin vaccines across all the comprising states. In developing states like Bihar, the vaccine supply chain (VSC) is likely to face many challenges due to poor health infrastructure, multidimensional poverty, and poor literacy. Supply chain practitioners are experimenting with available technologies to deal with supply, demand, and behavioral challenges. The present research work seeks to inspect the potential impact of Internet of Things (IoT) on the performance of the VSC. This study draws literature on the impact of IoT on product management, demand management, supply management, social behavior, and government rules and regulations to develop and test the conceptual model in Bihar. Consequently, the study administrated a survey and used structural equation modeling to investigate the proposed hypothesis. The analysis illustrates the positive influence of IoT adoption on the performance of the VSC in distributing the COVID vaccine. The finding also shows the positive relationship between product, supply, demand, and social behavior in IoT adoption. Analysis displays that Indian politicians can substantially impact vaccine distribution because they have influence and awareness of their local districts. This research work has a significant theoretical and managerial contribution for government and practitioners, supporting regulatory officials and policymakers in improving vaccine distribution.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: COVID | Internet of Things (IoT) | Social behavior | Structural equation modeling (SEM) | Vaccine distribution | Vaccine supply chain (VSC)
Subjects: Physical, Life and Health Sciences > Health Policy
Physical, Life and Health Sciences > Computer Science
Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > Health (Social sciences)
JGU School/Centre: Jindal Global Business School
Depositing User: Mr. Syed Anas
Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2022 07:30
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2022 04:46
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