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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

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. Capacity Expansions with Bundled Supplies of Attributes: An Application to Server Procurement in Cloud Computing
    Journal Article:Arbabian, M., Chen, S., Moinzadeh, K., (forthcoming). 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., (forthcoming). Production and Operations Management,
  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

“On-Demand and Low-Priority Services with Limited Capacity: Discount Schemes for Cloud Platforms,” with Kamran Moinzadeh and Yong Tan. Under Review at Information Systems Research. Available at SSRN:
“Motivating Suppliers’ Environmental Performance via Pollution Abatement Investments,” with Warren Hausman and Qinqin Zhang. Working Paper. Available at SSRN:
“When to Lock the Price? The Optimal Procurement Decisions with Input Price and Demand Volatilities,” with Junfei Lei and Kamran Moinzadeh.


"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.