Rudrajeet Pal

Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business (including The Swedish School of Textiles)
— Department of Business Administration and Textile Management

Telephone: 033-435 4530


Room number: U324

Signature: RPA

I work as Professor in Textile Value Chain within the field of Textile Management, where I use theoretical and conceptual lens from operations & supply chain management and business models for understanding industrial resilience and sustainability challenges in textile, clothing and fashion value chains, and how these impact environment and society at large, and devise strategic solutions. My research includes an eclectic mix of topics that contribute to industrial sustainability, such as resilient enterprises, reverse, circular and cascading supply chains and business models, consumer-driven small-series production, and traceability.

Industrial resilience and sustainability in textile and clothing value chains

My research profile can be summarized through the broad questions where I seek answer:

  • How are supply chains and embedded business models organized to influence competitiveness and value generation? What and how current practices hinder this?
  • What is value in context to such organization of supply chain operations and business models?
  • How and when can performance be improved through changes in current structures?

My studies on these topics have been published in several leading journals in the areas of supply chain management, production research, business models, and textile and fashion. Currently, I serve as the Associate Editor of Journal of Fashion Marketing and Management and have previously been the Editor-in-Chief for Textile Institute Book Series for Elsevier.

I actively participate as PI and co-PI in nationally- and internationally- funded research and innovation projects. I have secured financing of more than 3 million Euros from European Commission (H2020, Erasmus+, ERDF), Swedish Innovation Agency (Vinnova), Swedish Research Council for Sustainable Development (Formas), among others. Previously I had co-coordinated an Erasmus Mundus PhD Program (EMJD) on Sustainable Management and Textile Design (SMDTex) funded by the European Commission between 2013 and 2021. I also engage regularly in development and consultancy projects in the areas of circularity and traceability, such as for International Financial Corporation (World Bank), United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (UK), International Trade Center (ITC), International Labour Organization (ILO).

Currently, I also act as visiting professor in Industrial Engineering and Management at University of Gävle (Sweden) and as a research fellow in circular business models at Turku University of Applied Sciences (Finland).

I have a Doctor of Technology in Engineering Sciences from Tampere University of Technology (Finland) and have been working at the University of Borås since 2009. I have also worked in both textile and IT sectors.

I have previously supervised the following doctoral students and postdocs to successful completion:

  • Kumar Paras, Manoj (2018)
  • Ma, Ke (2018)
  • Agrawal, Tarun Kumar (2019)
  • Harper, Sara (2022)
  • Dissanayake, Kanchana (post doc) (2023)

My ResearchGate profile

Researcher's publications in DiVA (Digitala Vetenskapliga Arkivet)

Doctoral thesis title

Organizational Resilience through Crisis Strategic Planning.

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