Fuqiang Zhang

The Dan Broida Professor of Supply Chain, Operations, and Technology

Fuqiang Zhang

Fuqiang Zhang

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 firm's operational strategies, i.e., the demand side. In recent years, Professor Zhang has also been working on research topics that are driven by empirical data. His research work has been published in Management Science, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, Marketing Science, Production and Operations Management, and Operations Research.

Area of Expertise

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


  • Ph D 2004, University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School
  • MS 2001, University of Rochester, Simon School of Business
  • Master of Engineering 1999, National University of Singapore
  • Bachelor of Engineering 1995, Xi'an Jiao Tong University

Academic/Professional Activities

  • Member, INFORMS
  • Member, MSOM Society
  • Member, POMS


  • 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

Teaching Interests

Operations management, supply chain management, business analytics, management science, technology management

Research Interests

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

Selected Publications

  • "On the Value of Commitment and Availability Guarantees When Selling to Strategic Consumers", Management Science, Issue 5, 713-726, with X Su, 2009
  • "An Empirical Investigation of Dynamic Ordering Policies", Management Science, Issue 9, 2118-2138, with Chad Larson, Danko Turcic, 2015
  • "Dynamic Capacity Management with Substitution ", Operations Research Journal, Issue 3, 671-684, with R Shumsky, 2009
  • "3D Printing and product Assortment Strategy", Management Science, Issue 8, with Lingxiu Dong, Duo Shi, 2022
  • "Product Line Design with 3D Printing", with Duo Shi
  • "Obtaining Fast Delivery in a Queueing System via Performance-Based Allocation of Demand", Management Science, Issue 3, 408-420, with G Cachon, 2007
  • "Procuring Fast Delivery: Sole-sourcing with Information Asymmetry ", Management Science, Issue 6, 881-896, with G Cachon, 2006
  • "Competition, Cooperation and Information Sharing in a Two-echelon Assembly System", Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, Issue 3, 273-291, 2006
  • "The Value of Logistic Flexibility in E-commerce", with Bing Bai, Tat Chan
  • "Emerson Automation Systems-Optimizing Supply Chains for a Changing World", with Patrick Moreton, Lingxiu Dong, 2022