Anticipating Changes to African Supply Chains as a Result of COVID-19: The Case of Senegal

by: Alassane Fall, Paul Clyde, Noel Watson

Publication Date: September 30, 2020
Length: pages
Product ID#: 5-322-306

Core Disciplines: International Business, Operations Management/Supply Chain

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Amadou Sene, director of the Supply Chain Management Center of Excellence at the African Institute of Management (IAM), had recently started a supply chain advising group in Senegal. Formal training and practicing of supply chain practices weren’t common in Senegal and Amadou’s long-term goal was to change that. He had already worked with external academics to develop a Masters program in Supply Chain Management at IAM and his next step was for the center to start providing consulting services. But, then COVID-19 hit. Two months into the pandemic, he had to address two questions for his clients: 1) how do we deal with the immediate implications of COVID-19, and 2) after COVID-19 is no longer a concern itself, how will the experience change the supply chains and, specifically, how will that affect firms in Senegal?

Teaching Objectives

After reading and discussing the material, students should:

  • Identify which Senegalese supply chains would be affected by long-term or permanent changes due to COVID-19.
  • Develop supply chain strategies for Senegalese industries that would put them in a better position after the COVID-19 pandemic is over.