Olin Business School


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Olin Business School

Area of Expertise:

Management Science, Inventory Control, Production Planning, and Scheduling, Operations & Manufacturing Management, Operations Strategy, Supply Chain Management

Research Interests:

Supply chain management; Consumer behavior in operations management; Inventory and production planning, Game Theory, incentives and mechanism design; Energy and environment


  • Best Paper Award, Chazen Institute of International Business @ Columbia University/OCSAMSE, 2011
  • Distinguished Service Award, Management Science, 2010
  • Wickham Skinner Early-Career Research Accomplishments Award, Production and Operations Management Society, 2009
  • Boeing Center for Technology, Information & Manufacturing Research Grant, 2008
  • Meritorious Service Award, Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, 2006
  • Young Researcher Roundtable Nominee, INFORMS Conference on OR/MS Practice, 2005
  • OPIM Outstanding Scholar Award, U of Pennsylvania Outstanding Scholar Award, 2003

Professor Zhang received his Ph.D. in Operations and Information Management from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He joined Olin Business School in July, 2007. Prior to joining Olin, he was a professor at the Merage School of Business, University of California, Irvine. Professor Zhang''s research interests are in supply chain management, which primarily deals with how to match supply with demand. The first part of his research focuses on how a firm should contract with upstream suppliers to ensure efficient and responsive supply, i.e., the supply side. The second part of his research is concerned with how to deal with strategic customer behavior that may affect a firms operational strategies, i.e., the demand side. His research work has been published in Management Science, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, and Operations Research.

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