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COVID-19: Potential Implications for Global Supply Chains

Vikram Mansharamani
Harvard University

  • The world is facing tectonic change based on existing trends and the impact of the global pandemic.
  • The world had already been seeing the results of consumer-led economies, overcapacity in China, the acceleration of technology with more output and less input, the changing nature of work, and older demographics.
  • The explosion of supply in energy and less demand will lead to deflationary order.
  • Supply chains will also be affected by currency wars, nationalism, and protectionism, which are all on the rise, in addition to COVID-19 lockdowns making some supplies and parts unavailable.
  • Global supply chains will be shifting in fundamental ways as a result of the changing environment.