Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business (including The Swedish School of Textiles)
— Department of Business Administration and Textile Management
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 model research, for understanding industrial resilience and sustainability challenges/problems arising in value chains specific to textile, clothing and fashion industries, and how these impacts environment and society at large. My research includes an eclectic mix of topics that contribute to industrial sustainability, such as resilient enterprises, reverse, circular and cascaded value chains and business models, consumer-driven small-series production, and traceability.
My research profile can be summarized as follows:
Industrial resilience and sustainability in textile and clothing value chains
Broad questions raised:
- 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, such as International Journal of Production Economics, Journal of Cleaner Production, Supply Chain Management Journal, Expert System with Applications, International Journal of Production Research, Journal of Fashion Marketing and Management, Business Process Management, amongst others. I currently 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 have participated both as principal investigator and as researcher in several nationally- and internationally- funded projects, e.g. FromRolltoBag, FBD_BModel, DIGIMODE, Re-textile, FTAlliance, CLOSeD, Best-Before, GTRACE, which have received funding from Horizon 2020, Vinnova, Kampradstiftelsen, Handelsbanken, Erasmus+ etc. I am also co-coordinator of an Erasmus Mundus PhD Program (EMJD) on Sustainable Management and Textile Design (SMDTex) funded by the European Commission in the framework of Erasmus+ (2013-21) program.
I hold a PhD in Engineering Science from Tampere University of Technology, Finland and have been working at the University of Borås since 2009. Previously, I have experience working in both textile and IT sectors.
I also engage with several development projects with International Financial Corporation (World Bank), United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (UK), as advisory expert or consultant, in the areas of circularity and traceability.
I have previously supervised the following doctoral students:
- Kumar Paras, Manoj (2018)
- Ma, Ke (2018)
- Agrawal, Tarun Kumar (2019)
Principal Supervisor for the following doctoral students
Doctoral thesis title
Organizational Resilience through Crisis Strategic Planning.