Institutet för entreprenörskaps- och småföretagsforskning
– sprider kunskap om entreprenörskap, innovation och småföretag
Vem gör vad? Pal Rudrajeet

Pal Rudrajeet

Namn: Pal Rudrajeet

Titel/tjänst: Dr.

Universitet/högskola/organisation: University of Borås

E-postadress: rudrajeet.pal[at]

Aktuella projekt:
  1. “Consumer Driven Local Production with the Help of Virtual Design and Digital Manufacturing” – ICT-18 – (2014-15) – funded by European Commission – Horizon 2020 (2015 onwards)

    The novelties of the project are the inspiring and interactive avatar, radically new garment construction system connected to no-inventory continuous from-roll-to-bag production, along with digital consumer-driven design and consumer-driven manufacturing. The project will stimulate collaboration between ICT-driven innovative technology providers and creative industry SMEs for wider adaption and deployment of innovative digital solutions. This will also create new value chain models based on consumer-driven, digitalized localized production networks.
    Keywords: Virtual design, digital manufacturing, from roll to bag, consumer driven production
  2. “Re-textile” funded by Västra Götaland Region (2015 onwards)

    Re-textile is aiming to enable businesses in the textile and fashion with less raw material impact. By creating a structure for circular flows in the textile, the ambition to Re-textile to reduce the resource consumption of textiles and create opportunities for a sustainable way of life for the region's residents by creating new business opportunities. The project's long-term goal is that from the very beginning in the design phase consider circular flows and develop products and business models for a longer life.
    Keywords: Circular Economy, Sustainable Business Model, Upcycling
  3. “Building an industrial / semi-industrial flow for recycling of clothes” – funded by Västra Götaland Region (2014)

    The purpose of the project is to investigate the possibilities to build a local, industrial flow for recycling of garments. The starting point is the existing collection infrastructure and the industrial laundry services which usually cater to a local market. The idea is to use local industrial laundry services as sorting hubs that are also used upgrading and conversion of garments. Eventually the project should lead to a description of a value chain set-up that could create job opportunities locally.
    Keywords: Circular Economy, Sustainable Business Model, Upcycling
  4. “Business Modeling Innovation for Manufacturing SMEs” in collaboration with ENSAIT (France), University of Liberec (Czech Republic), ENS (France) – University funded Initiation Grant (2014)

    In the last few years the societal context of European Union degraded due to the protracted global economic crisis. In addition strong competition from the emerging countries of Asia impacted their capacity to perform. Approximately, 20 million SMEs in Europe generate a value added of € 5.9 trillion annually in Europe. It is estimated that this value could grow if innovative management methods are deployed.
    MAGMA project plans to create innovative business models and to develop the software interface. This will allow easy accessibility and dissemination of new knowledge regarding business model innovation (BMI) at the European level.
    The focus of the project is directed towards four different challenges:
    - Advancement of knowledge – of both the business model researchers and SME practitioners – on the positive impact of various business model innovation (BMI) architectures on management of successful multi-variate financial performance.
    - Accessibility of Knowledge – through open access to research publications, trainings and workshops on business model innovation advancements and business model simulation tools for researchers, SMEs and policy makers.
    - Adjustment of knowledge to individual companies - a tested and validated Business Model Innovation (BMI) simulator, with different degrees of access, available publicly to: SMEs, clusters, industry associations. This will help practitioners to simulate and plan scenarios for engineering and predicting successful performance through various levels and degrees of innovation in their business model (incremental or disruptive).
    - Reach out to a maximum number of companies – MAGMA project aims to develop accessible Web platform/analytical tool of business model’s parameters useful for SMEs. The simulation and predictive business models software will allow identification of opportunities to enhance the overall performance of the European organization
    Keywords: Business models, simulation, innovation, manufacturing
  5. “Revitalization of SMEs: Business Model Resilience” in collaboration with University of Skövde (2013-15) – funded by “Samarbetsprojektet” in collaboration with University of Skövde (2014-15)

    The project aims at exploring the opportunities for effective utilization of strategic and slack resources (viz. creativity & knowledge, entrepreneurship, strategies etc.) that is a prerequisite for generating new competitiveness in established small and medium-sized (SMEs) businesses primarily within the textile and fashion industries (including other/similar manufacturing industries like leather, glass etc.). In Sweden/Västra Götaland region, the matured/declining nature of these sectors in general suggests that many firms have failed to sustain their value by being unique in maintaining their strategic resources. This has led to a number of older firms struggle with skills and resources that are not always used optimally and often stuck with their outdated business models. In this project, we intend to study how non-optimally utilized strategic resources can be identified and utilized to generate more contemporary and innovative business models for sustainable competitiveness.
    Keywords: Business model innovation, change, Strategic resources, Entrepreneurship
Tidigare projekt:
  1. Success or Survival – strategies of fashion and textile enterprises in a globalized economy”, funded by University of Borås
  2. “KELANO - Sustainable Quality Fast” jointly conducted by Tampere University of Technology and The Swedish School of Textiles, funded by FINATEX, through membership in EURATEX – 2010-12
Publicerat, tidskrifter/konferensbidrag:
  • Abylaev, M., Pal, R. and Torstensson, H., 2014, Resilience challenges for textile enterprises in a transitional economy and regional trade perspective – a study of Kyrgyz conditions, International Journal of Supply Chain and Operations Resilience (IJSCOR), Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 54-76
  • Pal, R., Torstensson, H. and Mattila, H., 2014, Antecedents of organizational resilience in economic crises – an empirical study of Swedish textile and clothing SMEs, International Journal of Production Economics, Vol. 147, Part B, Special Issue: Building Supply Chain System Capabilities in the Age of Global Complexity: Emerging Theories and Practices, pp. 410-428.
  • Pal, R., Westerlind, R. & Torstensson, H., 2013, Exploring the resilience development process by implementing the crisis strategic planning framework: A Swedish textile SME perspective, International Journal of Decision Sciences, Risk and Management, Vol. 5, No. 1, pp. 1-34
  • Mustonen, M., Pal, R., Mattila, H., Mashkoor, Y. 2013, Success indicators in various fashion business models, Journal of Global Fashion Marketing
  • Pal, R. and Torstensson, H., 2011, Aligning Critical Success Factors to Organizational Design - A study of Swedish textile and clothing firms, Business Process Management Journal, Vol. 17, No. 3, pp. 403-436
Publicerat, böcker/rapporter:
  • Pal, R., 2014, Sustainable Business Development through designing approaches for fashion value chains, Roadmap to sustainable textiles and clothing, Volume 2, pp. 227-261, S.S. Muthu (ed.), ISBN 978-981-287-109-1, Springer Science + Business Media Singapore
  • Aneja, A. and Pal, R., forthcoming - 2015, Textile value chain sustainability: Living within our means, Handbook of Sustainable Apparel Production, CRC Press

Pal, R., 2013, Organizational Resilience through Crisis Strategic Planning, Doctoral Dissertation, Tampere University of Technology, Faculty of Engineering Science, Tampere  (ESBRIs artikel om avhandlingen)

New Business Models. Organizational Resilience. Sustainable Business Development. Sustainable Supply Chain Management. Fashion Logistics.

Övriga meriter och information:
Swedish Institute (SI) Guest Scholarship (for studies at masters level) at University of Borås