Dr. Shardul Phadnis

Dr. Shardul Phadnis is an Associate Professor and Director of Research at Malaysia Institute for Supply Chain Innovation (MISI), and affiliated with MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics (CTL) as a researcher. He is leading MISI’s Center for e-Commerce And Retail Transformation(CART).

Dr. Shardul Phadnis research motivation is to explore the challenge and the process of designing and adapting business models in the rapidly evolving and dynamic supply chains. His research interests lie at the intersection of studies of business models and supply chains, and organizational decision processes that shape these business models. Dr. Shardul Phadnis work seeks to contribute to the scholarly domains of supply chain strategy, business models, scenario planning, and managerial cognition. Dr. Shardul Phadnis is method-agnostic. He published works have used various research methods–mathematical modeling, qualitative and mixed methods research, field experiments, etc.–each chosen for its suitability to answer the study’s research question.

Dr. Shardul Phadnis current research projects examine business models in the global apparel industry by taking an end-to-end supply chain perspective (from procurement to retailing). His earlier work in this area received the Giarratani Rising Star Award in 2015 from the Industry Studies Association. Dr. Shardul Phadnis also engaged in a field study that examines the supply chains of small-and-medium enterprise (SME) retailers in South East Asia.

Some applications of his research include a scenario-based long-range planning process used by transportation agencies in the U.S. for deciding the investments in the freight infrastructure, an organizational process to adapt a firm’s supply chain strategy by monitoring its business environment, and applications of scenario planning to aid adaptation of supply chain strategy at three large companies.

Before beginning his academic career, he worked in manufacturing firms for seven years and led the continuous improvement program at a design-to-manufacture firm.


  • PhD (Engineering Systems), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2012)
  • MEng (Logistics), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2007)
  • MS (Industrial Engineering), Ohio State University (2002)
  • BE (Production Engineering), VJTI – University of Mumbai (1997)


  • Perez-Franco & Phadnis. (2018). “Eliciting and representing the supply chain strategy of a business unit,” The International Journal of Logistics Management.
  • Phadnis & Fine. (2017). “End-to-end supply chain strategies: Parametric study of the apparel industry,” Production and Operations Management, 26(12), 2305-2322.
  • Phadnis, Sheffi, Caplice, & Singh. (2017). “Strategic cognition of operations executives,” Production and Operations Management, 26(12), 2323-2337.
  • Perez-Franco, Phadnis, Caplice, & Sheffi. (2016). “Rethinking supply chain strategy as a conceptual system,” International Journal of Production Economics, 182, 384-396.
  • Phadnis, Caplice, & Sheffi. (2016). “How scenario planning influences strategic decisions,” MIT Sloan Management Review, 57(4), 21-24.
  • Phadnis, Caplice, Sheffi, & Singh. (2015). “Effects of scenario planning on field experts’ judgment of long-range investment decisions,” Strategic Management Journal, 36(9), 1401-1411.
  • Phadnis, Caplice, Singh, & Sheffi. (2014). “Axiomatic foundation and a structured process for developing firm-specific Intuitive Logics scenarios,” Technological Forecasting & Social Change, 88, 122-139.
  • Caplice & Phadnis. (2013). “Strategic issues facing transportation: Scenario planning for freight transportation infrastructure investment (NCHRP Report 750),” Transportation Research Board, Washington, DC.