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

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

Shi Chen

Associate Professor of Operations Management
Marion B. Ingersoll Professor


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

Operations management, stochastic inventory models, responsible and environmentally sustainable supply chains, renewable energy procurement and contracting, Battery-as-a-Service Model for Electric Vehicles, operations management in the cloud computing industry.

Positions Held

At the University of Washington since 2013

Selected Publications

  1. Enhancing Customer-Supplier Coordination Through Customer-Managed Inventory
    Journal Article:Shi Chen, Morris A. Cohen, and Hau L. Lee., (forthcoming). Management Science,
  2. Inventory and Supply Chain Management with Auto-Delivery Subscription
    Journal Article:Shi Chen, Junfei Lei, and Kamran Moinzadeh, (forthcoming). Production and Operations Management,
  3. No-Regret Learning in Two-Echelon Supply Chain with Unknown Demand Distribution
    Journal Article:Mengxiao Zhang, Shi Chen, Haipeng Luo, and Yingfei Wang, (2023). In Proceedings of The 26th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Statistics (AISTATS), Vol. PMLR 206, pp. 3270-3298.
  4. Cloud Computing Value Chains: Research from the Operations Management Perspective
    Journal Article:Chen, S., Moinzadeh, K., Song, J., Zhong, Y., (2023). Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, Vol. 25(4), pp. 1338-1356.
  5. When to Lock the Volatile Input Price? Procurement of Commodity Components under Different Pricing Schemes
    Journal Article:Chen, S., Lei, J., Moinzadeh, K., (2022). Manufacturing and Service Operations Management (MSOM), Vol. 24(2), pp. 1183-1201.
  6. Discount Schemes for the Preemptible Service of a Cloud Platform with Unutilized Capacity
    Journal Article:Chen, S., Moinzadeh, K., Tan, Y., (2021). Information Systems Research (ISR), Vol. 32(3), pp. 967-986.
  7. Capacity Expansions with Bundled Supplies of Attributes: An Application to Server Procurement in Cloud Computing
    Journal Article:Arbabian, M., Chen, S., Moinzadeh, K., (2021). Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, Vol. 23(1), pp. 191–209.
  8. Impact of Supply Chain Transparency on Sustainability under NGO Scrutiny
    Journal Article:Chen, S., Zhang, Q., Zhou, Y. P., (2019). Production and Operations Management, Vol. 28(12), pp. 3002-3022.
  9. Pricing Schemes in Cloud Computing: Utilization-Based versus Reservation-Based
    Journal Article:Chen, S., Lee, H. and Moinzadeh, K., (2019). Production and Operations Management, Vol. 28(1), pp. 82-102.
  10. Inventory Control and Delivery Time Quotation for Assembly Supply Chains
    Journal Article:Chen, S., and Moinzadeh, K., (2018). Operations Research, Vol. 66(4), pp. 1004-1022.
  11. Incentive Alignment and Coordination of Project-Based Supply Chains
    Journal Article:Chen, S., and Lee, H., (2017). Management Science, Vol. 63(4), pp. 1011-1025.
  12. 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

“When to Broadcast? Inventory Disclosure Policies for Online Sales of Limited Inventory,” with Zibo Liu, Kamran Moinzadeh, and Yong Tan. Submitted to Information Systems Research. Preview available at SSRN (https://ssrn.com/abstract=3587816)
“Capacity Reservation for Intermittent Random Demand Surges: A Model for Cost Optimization in Cloud Computing,” with Junfei Lei and Kamran Moinzadeh. Accepted by Production and Operations Management (POM). Preview available at SSRN (https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3784812)
“Coordination under Unknown Demand Distribution: Online Learning for Two-Echelon Supply Chains,” with Haipeng Luo, Yingfei Wang, and Mengxiao Zhang. Submitted to Manufacturing & Service Operations Management. Preview available at SSRN (https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=4456201)
“Alliance Formations with Joint Innovation Efforts in Environmentally Sustainable Technology,” with Junlin Chen, Yujie Xie, and Jinting Wang. Under Revision at Production and Operations Management (POM).
“Collective Power Purchase Agreements (PPA) for Renewable Energies – Negotiation and Risk Sharing Mechanisms,” with Xiaoxuan Hou. Working paper.
“Cost Optimization for the Battery-as-a-Service (BaaS) Model of Electric Vehicles: Inventory Management for Battery-Swapping Station Network,” with Kamran Moinzadeh. Work in progress.
“Control Tower Models in Supply Chains: Customer-Supplier Coordination through Inventory Decision Right Transfer,” with Morris A. Cohen and Hau Lee. Work in progress.

Honors and Awards

2020 - present: Marion B. Ingersoll Professorship, Foster School of Business
2020: Dean's Award for Research of the Year, Foster School of Business
2018: Meritorious Service Award, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management Society
2017: Meritorious Service Award, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management Society

Academic Service

2024 - present: Associate Editor, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management (MSOM)
2023 - present: Secretary and Treasurer, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management Society
2020 - present: Senior Editor, Production and Operations Management (POM)