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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, inventory and supply chain management, socially responsible and environmentally sustainable operations, operations strategies in cloud computing

Positions Held

At the University of Washington since 2013

Selected Publications

  1. Capacity Expansions with Bundled Supplies of Attributes: An Application to Server Procurement in Cloud Computing
    Journal Article:Arbabian, M., Chen, S., Moinzadeh, K., (2020). Manufacturing & Service Operations Management,
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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

“Discount Schemes for the Preemptible Service of a Cloud Platform with Unutilized Capacity,” with Kamran Moinzadeh and Yong Tan. Under Review at Information Systems Research. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3272079.
“When to Lock the Price? The Optimal Procurement Policy under Input Price and Demand Volatilities,” with Junfei Lei and Kamran Moinzadeh. Under Review at Manufacturing & Service Operations Management. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3484516.
“When to Broadcast? An Analysis of Inventory Disclosure Policies for Online Flash Sales,” with Zibo Liu, Kamran Moinzadeh, and Yong Tan. Under Review at Operations Research. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3587816.
“Enhancing Customer-Supplier Coordination Through Inventory Decision Rights Transfer,” with Morris Cohen, Hau Lee, and Tobias Mönch. Available at SSRN: https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3724077.


"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.