Professor, Computer Information Systems and Business Analytics

Year Started at JMU: 2004

palrx@jmu.edu

Contact Info

Education
  • Ph.D. Purdue University
  • M.S.I.E. Purdue University
  • M.S.C.E. Purdue University
  • B. Tech. (Honors) Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur
Research Interests
  • Supply Chain Management & Logistics - Optimal Operational Policies under Uncertainty in Closed-Loop Supply Chain, Impact of RFID on Supply Chain Performance, Green Supply Chain, Humanitarian Operations
  • Project Management & IS/OM Interfaces - SCM Project Selection Best Practices, Value Assessment of Technology Projects, ERP and SCM Systems Integration, Process Performance
  • Transportation Systems Modeling & Analysis - Efficient Emergency Response, Operations of Transportation Management Systems
  • Applied Operations Research  - Optimal Resource Allocation, Priority Queues, Data Driven Predictive Modeling
Teaching Interests
  • Supply Chain Management & Logistics
  • Production and Operations Management
  • Service Operations
  • Business Process Management

  • Business Analytics
  • Management Science
  • Business Statistics
  • Project Management
Current Courses Taught
  • COB 291: Introduction to Management Science
  • COB 300C: Integrated Business - Operations
  • MBA 621: Leading Through Big Data Analytics
  • MBA 615: Supply Chain Management and Logistics
Positions Held
  • Associate Professor, College of Business, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA
  • Assistant Professor, College of Business, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA
  • Senior Systems Designer. JDA Software Group, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Senior Consultant / Consultant, i2 Technologies, Dallas, TX
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
  • Engineer/ Management Trainee, Engineers India Limited, New Delhi, India
Awards and Recognitions
  • JMU Madison Scholar Award for the College of Business, 2013
  • 1st place, Applied Scholarship Publication Award, JMU College of Business, 2018
  • 1st place, Basic or Discovery Publication Award, JMU College of Business, 2016
  • 3rd place, Applied Scholarship Publication Award, JMU College of Business, 2016
  • Best Practitioner Publication Award, JMU College of Business, 2015
  • Best Practitioner Publication Award, JMU College of Business, 2009
  • Best Educational Publication Award, JMU College of Business, 2009
  • Best Practitioner Publication Award, JMU College of Business, 2007
Key Publications

Pal, R., Wang, P., and Liang, X., “The critical factors in managing relationships in international engineering, procurement, and construction (IEPC) projects of Chinese organizations”, International Journal of Project Management, Vol. 35, No. 7, pp. 1225-1237, 2017.

Mahapatra, S., Pal, R., Hult, T., and Talluri, S., “Assessment of Proactive Environmental Initiatives: Evaluation of Efficiency Based on Interval-Scale Data”, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management (IEEE-EM), Vol. 62, No. 2, pp. 280-293, 2015.

Altay, N. and Pal, R., “Information Diffusion among Agents: Implications for Humanitarian Operations”, Production and Operations Management (POM), Vol. 23, No. 6, pp. 1015-1027, 2014.

Mahapatra, S., Pal, R., and Narsimhan, R., “Hybrid (Re)manufacturing: Manufacturing and Operational Implications”, International Journal of Production Research (IJPR), Vol. 50, No. 14, pp. 3786-3808, 2012.

Bose, I. and Pal, R., "Do Green Supply Chain Management Initiatives Impact Stock Prices of Firms?"  Decision Support Systems (DSS), Vol. 52, No. 3, pp. 624-634, 2012.

Mathieu, R. G., and Pal, R., "The Selection of Supply Chain Management Projects:  A Case Study Approach," Operations Management Research (OMR), Vol. 4, No. 3-4, pp. 164-181, 2011.

Pal, R. and Bose, I., "An Optimization-Based Approach for Deployment of Roadway Incident Response Vehicles under Reliability Constraints", European Journal of Operational Research (EJOR), Vol. 198, No. 2, pp. 452-463, 2009.
 
Pal, R., Sengupta, A., and Bose, I., "Role of Pilot Study in Assessing Viability of New Technology Projects: The Case of RFID in Parking Operations", Communications of the Association for Information Systems (CAIS), Vol. 23, pp. 257-276, 2008.

Pal, R. and Busing, M.E., "Teaching Operations Management in an Integrated Format: Student Perception and Faculty Experience", International Journal of Production Economics (IJPE), Vol. 115, No. 2, pp. 594-610, 2008.

Bose, I., Pal, R., and Ye, A., "ERP and SCM Systems Integration: The Case of a Valve Manufacturer in China", Information & Management (I&M), Vol. 45, No. 4, pp. 233-241, 2008.

Bose, I. and Pal, R., "Predicting the Survival of Click-and-Mortar Corporations: A Knowledge Discovery Approach", European Journal of Operational Research (EJOR), Vol. 174, No. 2, October, pp. 959-982, 2006.

Bose, I. and Pal, R., "Auto-ID: Managing Anything, Anywhere, Anytime in the Supply Chain", Communications of the Association for Computing Machinery (CACM), Vol. 48, No. 8, August, pp. 100-106, 2005.

Pal, R. and Sinha, K.C., "Simulation Model for Evaluating and Improving Effectiveness of Freeway Service Patrol Programs", Journal of Transportation Engineering (JTE), Vol. 128, No. 4, July/August, pp 355-365, 2002.

Bose, I. and Pal, R., "Average Waiting Time of Customers in a Priority M/D/k Queue with Finite Buffers", Computers & Operations Research (C&OR), Vol. 29, No. 4, April, pp. 327-339, 2002.

Latoski, S.P., Pal, R. and Sinha, K.C., "Cost-Effectiveness Evaluation of Hoosier Helper Freeway Service Patrol", Journal of Transportation Engineering (JTE), Vol. 125, No. 5, September/October, pp. 429-438, 1999.

Altinkemer, K., Bose, I. and Pal, R., "Average Waiting Time of Customers in an M/D/k Queue with Nonpreemptive Priorities", Computers & Operations Research (C&OR), Vol. 25, No. 4, April, pp. 317-328, 1998.

Pal, R. and Sinha, K.C., "Optimization Approach to Highway Safety Improvement Programming", Transportation Research Record (TRR), No. 1640, pp. 1-9, 1998.

Pal, R., "Investigation on Latent Factors Affecting Route Diversion Intentions", Journal of Transportation Engineering (JTE), Vol. 124, No. 4, July/August, pp. 362-367, 1998.

Pal, R., Latoski, S.P., and Sinha, K.C., "Investigation of Freeway Incident Characteristics and Their Influence in Planning an Incident Management Program", Transportation Research Record (TRR), No. 1634, pp. 46-55, 1998.

Pal, R. and Sinha, K.C., "Evaluation of Crossover and Partial Lane Closure Strategies for Interstate Work Zones in Indiana", Transportation Research Record (TRR), No. 1529, pp. 10-18, 1996.

Pal, R. and Sinha, K.C., "Analysis of Crash Rates at Interstate Work Zones in Indiana", Transportation Research Record (TRR), No. 1529, pp. 43-53, 1996.

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