Dr. Shardul Phadnis
Dr. Shardul Phadnis

Associate Professor, Director of Research

Dr. Shardul Phadnis studies value creation and adaptation in supply chains, with a focus on management of uncertainty and use of systems thinking.

His current research is motivated by three questions. One, what attributes of business models enable their “supply chains activities” to create value? Two, how does uncertainty about customer value propagate in supply chains and affect their operation? Three, how do strategic decision processes (like scenario planning) influence adaptation of business models to supply chain disruptions?

His research has been applied in several real-world decisions, such as long-range planning of the freight transportation infrastructure in the U.S., formulation of supply chain strategies for global convenience store and chemical firms, and a system for monitoring business environment and guiding adaptation of supply chain strategy of a global beverage firm.

Dr. Phadnis holds a Ph.D. in Engineering Systems from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Before starting his doctoral studies, Dr. Phadnis worked in the manufacturing industry for seven years. He developed and led the Lean/Continuous Improvement program at a design-to-manufacture firm, and applied ideas from Lean Manufacturing and Theory of Constraints to make operational improvements in numerous projects.


Research Interest

  • Coevolution of business models and supply chains
  • Value chain and operations strategy, Supply chain adaptation
  • Scenario planning, Strategic decision-making, Managerial cognition

Teaching Interest

  • Coevolution of business models and supply chains
  • Value chain and operations strategy, Supply chain adaptation
  • Scenario planning, Strategic decision-making, Managerial cognition

Honors

  • Winner, Best Reviewer Award – OSCM (Academy of Management) 2020 Annual Meeting
  • Nominee, Carolyn B. Dexter Award – OSCM (Academy of Management) 2019 Annual Meeting
  • Editorial Board, Futures & Foresight Science (Wiley) 2018-present
  • Winner, Giarratani Rising Star Award (Industry Studies Association) 2015
  • Winner, Outstanding M.Eng. (Logistics) Thesis Award (MIT) 2007
  • Winner (3rd place), Graduate Research Award – Institute of Industrial Engineers 2003

Publications

2020

2019

2018

2017

2016

  • Perez-Franco R., Phadnis S., Caplice C., & Sheffi Y. (2016). “Rethinking supply chain strategy as a conceptual system,” International Journal of Production Economics, 182, 384-396, doi:10.1016/j.ijpe.2016.09.012.
  • Phadnis S., Caplice C., & Sheffi Y. (2016). “How scenario planning influences strategic decisions”, MIT Sloan Management Review, 57(4), 21-24.

2015

  • Phadnis S. (2015). “Connecting Supply Chains to The Internet of Things,” Supply Chain Frontiers, 58.
  • Phadnis S., Caplice C., Sheffi Y., & Singh M. (2015). “Effect of scenario planning on field experts’ judgment of long-range investment decisions,” Strategic Management Journal, 36(9),1401-1411, doi.org/10.1002/smj.2293.

2014

  • Caplice C. & Phadnis S. (2014). “A Better Approach to Infrastructure Planning,” Harvard Business Review (Online article), July.
  • Phadnis S., Caplice C., Singh M., & Sheffi Y. (2014). “Axiomatic foundation and a structured process for developing firm-specific Intuitive Logics scenarios,” Technological Forecasting & Social Change, 88, 122-139, doi:10.1016/j.techfore.2014.06.019.

Conference Presentations

2020

  • Phadnis, S. (2020, Jul). COVID-19 Pandemic and Lockdowns: Impact on Supply Chains and Future Outlook, American Malaysian Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM), webinar
  • Phadnis, S. & N. Joglekar. (2020, Jun). Configuring Supply Chain Dyads for Emergent Regulatory Regimen: Behavioral Study of Brexit Scenarios, Industry Studies Conference, Virtual
  • Phadnis, S. (2020, Feb). Border Agency Cooperation in APEC: Lessons from Supply Chain Management, APEC Alliance for Supply Chain Connectivity – A2C2, Putrajaya (Malaysia) Invited talk.

2019

  • Phadnis, S. (2019, October). Retail for Local and Tourist Consumers, Malaysia Retail Technology and Innovation Summit, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • Phadnis, S. & N. Joglekar. (2019, August). Configuring Supply Chain Dyads for Emergent Regulatory Regimen: Behavioral Study of Brexit Scenarios, Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Boston, United States. – Nominated for the Carolyn B. Dexter Award by Operations & Supply Chain Management Division.
  • Phadnis, S. & I. Darkow. (2019, August). Supply Chain Adaptation: Theoretical Framework, Conceptual Model, And Longitudinal Data-Based Application of Scenario Planning Approach, Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Boston, United States.
  • Phadnis, S. & N. Joglekar. (2019, May). Configuring Supply Chain Dyads for Emergent Regulatory Regimen: Behavioral Study of Brexit Scenarios, POMS Annual Meeting, Washington DC, United States.
  • Phadnis, S. (2019, April). Creating Value in Supply Chains Using IoT, Asia IoT Business Platform, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • Phadnis, S.(2019, April) Industry 4.0 and Career, Malaysia Post-Graduate Fair, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • Phadnis, S.(2019, February) Breaking Through Supply Chain, Corteva APAC Supply Chain Leadership Meeting, Clark, Philippines.

2018

  • Phadnis, S.(2018, November).Supply Chain Adaptation: Theoretical Framework, Conceptual Model, And Longitudinal Data-Based Application of Scenario Planning Approach, Decision Sciences Institute Annual Meeting, Chicago, USA
  • Phadnis, S. (2018, November).Battle of Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) and Chain Retailers: A Simulation Study, Decision Science Institute Conference, Chicago, USA
  • Phadnis, S. (2018, October). Dyadic Scenario Creation to Configure Supply Chains Facing Regulatory Uncertainty, Asia School of Business, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Phadnis, S. (2018, October). Organizational Adaptability Through Scenario Planning, The Red Brick Summit – Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, India
  • Phadnis, S. (2018, July). I(o)T Is Coming to The Supply Chain world, LogiSYM, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Phadnis, S. (2018, May). End-To-End Apparel Supply Chains with Omnichannel Retailing, Production & Operations Management Society, Houston, USA
  • Phadnis, S.(2018, May). Dyadic Scenario Creation to Configure Supply Chains Facing Regulatory Uncertainty, Production & Operations Management Society, Houston, USA

2017

  • Phadnis, S.(2017, May). End-To-End Apparel Supply Chains with Omnichannel Retailing Industry Studies Conference, Washington DC, USA
  • Phadnis, S. (2017, Jan). Internet-of-things in Supply Chain, Keynote presentation at the Roundtable on Emerging Trends of Technologies in SCM, Penang, Malaysia

2016

  • Phadnis, S. (2016, August). Strategy processes and adaptation: Are Delphi and scenario planning superior to plurality voting?, Paper presented at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Anaheim, CA, USA.
  • Phadnis, S. (2016, June). Disruptions from technological advances: Implications of internet-of-things, omnichannel, and 3D printing for today’s supply chains, Keynote presentation at the Manufacturing & Logistics Forum, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • Phadnis, S. (2016, May). End-to-end apparel supply chains with omnichannel retailing, Paper presented at the Industry Studies Conference, Minneapolis, MN, USA.
  • Phadnis, S. (2016, May). Supply chains of small-and-medium enterprise retailers, Paper presented at the Industry Studies Conference, Minneapolis, MN, USA.

2015

  • Phadnis, S. & Fine, C. (2015, August). End-to-end supply chain models for apparel industry, Paper presented at the Academy of Management annual meeting, Vancouver, Canada.
  • Phadnis, S. (2015, June). Formulating supply chain strategy: Use of scenario planning, Keynote presentation at the EAFIT International Congress of Logistics and Supply Chain, Medellin,
    Colombia.
  • Phadnis, S. (2015, May). Group processes for making strategic decisions, Paper presented at the annual Industry Studies Conference, Kansas City, Missouri.
  • Phadnis, S. & Darkow, I. (2015, May). Making sense out of external data: Identifying leading indicators for scenario monitoring, Presented at the annual Industry Studies Conference, Kansas City, Missouri.
  • Phadnis, S. & Fine, C. (2015, May). End-to-end supply chain models for apparel industry, Paper presented at the annual Industry Studies Conference, Kansas City, Missouri.

Research Projects

Project title: Exploring the Nature of Small-and-medium Enterprise (SME) Retail Supply Chains
Funding source: Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS), Ministry of Higher Education – Malaysia
Duration: 2016-2020 (complete)

Project title: Implications of Internet of Things (IoT) for Logistics Firms
Funding source: C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc.
Duration: 2017 (complete)


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