Dr. Shardul Phadnis

Associate Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management

Dr. Shardul Phadnis is Associate Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management at the Asia School of Business. Previously, he served as the Associate Professor and Director of Research at MIT SCALE Network’s Malaysia Institute for Supply Chain Innovation. His research explores the intersection of supply chains and strategic management: how organizations create value by orchestrating supply chain operations, and how strategy processes influence adaptability of supply chain structures and processes.

His book “Strategic Planning for Dynamic Supply Chains: Preparing for Uncertainty Using Scenarios” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2022) describes first-hand accounts of applications of scenario planning in three in-depth cases involving strategic supply chain planning in businesses and long-range planning in governmental transportation planning agencies.

Shardul’s current research examines three lines of inquiry: supply chain resilience through vigilance enabled by scenario planning, value creation by managing operational uncertainty in supply chains, and analysis of end-to-end supply chain configurations. His research has been published in journals such as Strategic Management Journal, MIT Sloan Management Review, Production and Operations Management, and Technological Forecasting & Social Change. He received the Giarratani Rising Star Award for the year 2015 from the Industry Studies Association for his research in apparel supply chains.

Shardul is a member of the editorial board of Futures & Foresight Science, and has served as a reviewer for several leading management journals and academic conferences.

Shardul holds a Ph.D. in Engineering Systems from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He teaches graduate-level courses in logistics management and supply chain strategy, and scenario planning in executive education. Before beginning his academic career, Shardul worked in manufacturing firms for seven years and led the Continuous Improvement program at a design-to-manufacture firm.

      • Phadnis, Sheffi, & Caplice. (2022). Strategic Planning for Dynamic Supply Chains: Preparing for Uncertainty using Scenarios, New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
      • Phadnis. (2021). Advancing scenario planning theory: A commentary on Fergnani and Chermack 2021. Futures & Foresight Science, e72. doi: 10.1002/ffo2.72.
      • Phadnis. (2021). Agent-based modeling complements intuitive logics: A commentary on Lustick and Tetlock 2021. Futures & Foresight Science, 3(2), e78. doi: 10.1002/ffo2.78.
      • Phadnis & Darkow. (2021). Scenario planning as a strategy process to foster supply chain adaptability: Theoretical framework and longitudinal case. Futures & Foresight Science, 3(2), e62. doi: 10.1002/ffo2.62.
      • Joglekar & Phadnis. (2021). Accelerating supply chain scenario planning. MIT Sloan Management Review, 62(2), 73-76.
      • Phadnis & Joglekar. (2021). Configuring supply chain dyads for regulatory disruptions: A behavioral study of scenarios. Production and Operations Management, 30(4), 1014-1033. doi: 10.1111/poms.13290.
      • Phadnis. (2020, Jun). Impact of Covid-19 pandemic and national lockdowns on supply chains in Southeast Asia. Malaysia Institute for Supply Chain Innovation Whitepaper.
      • Phadnis. (2019). Effectiveness of Delphi- and scenario planning-like processes in enabling organizational adaptation: A simulation-based comparison. Futures & Foresight Science, 1(2), e9. doi: 10.1002/ffo2.9.
      • Perez-Franco & Phadnis. (2018) Eliciting and representing the supply chain strategy of a business unit. The International Journal of Logistics Management, 29(4), 1401-1423.
      • Phadnis. (2018). Internet of things and supply chains: A framework for identifying opportunities for improvement and its application. In Khuan & Raman (Eds.), Emerging Technologies for Supply Chain Management (pp. 7-24). Penang, Malaysia: WOU Press.
      • Phadnis. (2018, Mar). What type of strategic thinker are you. Supply Chain Frontiers.
      • Phadnis, Sheffi, Caplice, & Singh. (2017). Strategic cognition of operations executives. Production and Operations Management, 26(12), 2323-2337.
      • Phadnis & Fine. (2017). End-to-end supply chain strategies: Parametric study of the apparel industry. Production and Operations Management, 26(12), 2305-2322.
      • Phadnis. (2017, Dec). Make global supply chains more effective with Internet-of-things. C.H. Robinson Whitepaper.
      • 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.
      • Caplice & Phadnis. (2014, Jul). A better approach to infrastructure planning. Harvard Business Review Blog.
      • Phadnis, Perez-Franco, Caplice, & Sheffi. (2013). Educating supply chain professionals to work in global virtual teams. Proceedings of CSCMP Educators’ Conference.
      • Phadnis & Caplice. (2013 Jul/Aug). Global virtual teams: How are they performing? Supply Chain Management Review, 17(4), 8-9.
      • Caplice & Phadnis. (2013, Mar). Driving forces influencing future freight flows (NCHRP Web-only Document 195). Washington, DC: Transportation Research Board. URL: http://nap.edu/22627