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.