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Shi Chen
Office: 549
Phone: 206-543-7694
Fax: 206-543-3968

Foster School of Business
University of Washington
Box: 353226
Seattle, WA 98195-3226

Shi Chen

Assistant Professor of Operations Management


PhD Stanford University (2013)
MS Tsinghua University (2008)
Diplome d'Ingenieur Ecole Centrale Paris (2007)
BE Tsinghua University (2006)

Academic Expertise

operations management
operations research
supply chain management

Current Research

Inventory management, supply chain-project management interface, socially responsible and sustainable supply chain management, pricing and capacity planning in the cloud computing industry

Positions Held

At the University of Washington since 2013

Selected Publications

  1. Pricing Schemes in Cloud Computing: Utilization-Based versus Reservation-Based
    Journal Article:Chen, S., Lee, H. & and Moinzadeh, K., (2018). Production and Operations Management,
  2. Impact of Supply Chain Transparency on Sustainability under NGO Scrutiny
    Journal Article:Chen, S., Zhang, Q., Zhou, Y. P., (forthcoming). Production and Operations Management,
  3. Inventory Control and Delivery Time Quotation for Assembly Supply Chains
    Journal Article:Chen, S., and Moinzadeh, K., (2017). Operations Research, Vol. 66(4), pp. 1004-1022.
  4. Incentive Alignment and Coordination of Project-Based Supply Chains
    Journal Article:Chen, S., and Lee, H., (2016). Management Science, Vol. 63(4), pp. 1011-1025.
  5. Supply Chain Coordination with Multiple Shipments: the Optimal Inventory Subsidizing Contracts
    Journal Article:Chen, S., Lee, H., and Moinzadeh, K., (2016). Operations Research, Vol. 64(6), pp. 1320-1337.

Working Papers

“Inventory and Capacity Planning with Bundled Supply of Attributes: An Application to Cloud Computing,” with Mohammad Arbabian and Kamran Moinzadeh. Major Revision at Manufacturing and Service Operations Management. Available at SSRN:
“On-Demand and Low-Priority Services with Limited Capacity: Pricing Schemes for Cloud Platforms,” with Kamran Moinzadeh and Yong Tan. Under Review. Available at SSRN:
“Motivating Suppliers’ Environmental Performance via Pollution Abatement Investments,” with Warren Hausman and Qinqin Zhang. Working Paper. Available at SSRN:
“Designing Practical Coordinating Contracts for Decentralized Projects,” with Ted Klastorin and Michael R. Wagner. Working Paper.


"Developing data center capacity expansion plans" with Google Inc., 2012.
"Material release scheduling for construction projects with modularization and prefabrication" with DCH Global, Inc., 2009.