Associate Professor in Operations and Supply Chain Management
IonE Fellow of the University of Minnesota
Inaugural Kjell R. Knudsen Faculty Fellow for Innovation
LSBE Summer Institute Coordinator

Labovitz School of Business and Economics
University of Minnesota Duluth
1318 Kirby Drive, Duluth MN 55812



PhD, Management Science/Operations Management

Faculty of Management
McGill University
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
H3A 2T5

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MS, Management Science and Engineering

Business School
Nankai University
Tianjin, China


BS, Information Management and Information System

School of Computer and Information
Nanchang University
Nanchang, Jiangxi, China


Research Interests

  1. Supply Chain Issues
  2. Responsible Operations and Supply Chain Management
  3. Prescriptive Analytics, Algorithm Design, and Machine Learning
  4. Game Theoretical Models
  5. Simulation
  6. Revenue Management
  7. Service Operations
  8. Operations and Finance/Marketing Interface

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Google Scholar Page


  1. Yang, J., Zhang, W., & Zhao, X. (2023). How can suppliers strategically involve downstream manufacturers in research and development collaboration? A knowledge spillover perspective. European Journal of Operational Research, Vol 314, No. 1, pp. 122-135
  2. Gu, W., Luo, J., Yu, X., Zhang, W., & Li, B. (2023). Dynamic decisions between sellers and consumers in online second-hand trading platforms: Evidence from C2C transactions. Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review, 177, 103257
  3. Cai, J., Sun, H., Hu, X., & Zhang, W. (2023). How reverse information sharing supports pricing and sales effort decisions: Signaling game-based incentive mechanism design. Computers & Industrial Engineering, Vol. 177, 108992
  4. Rajaguru, R., Matanda, M. J., & Zhang, W. (2022).Supply chain finance in enhancing supply-oriented and demand-oriented performance capabilities–moderating role of perceived partner opportunism. Journal of Business & Industrial Marketing, Vol. 37 No. 11, pp. 2396-2413
  5. Zhang, X., Hou, W., & Zhang, W. (2020). Simultaneous or sequential? Multihoming launch strategies for mobile applications with consideration of promotion and switching costs. International Journal of Production Research, 1-22.
  6. Alemu, A., & Zhang, W. (2019). Is Sino-Africa Bilateral Trade More than Resource Focused? The Rhetoric and the Reality.African and Asian Studies, 18 (4), 362-394. 
  7. Gu, W., Wei, L., Zhang, W., & Yan, X. (2019). Evolutionary game analysis of cooperation between natural resource- and energy-intensive companies in reverse logistics operationsInternational Journal of Production Economics, 218, 159-169. 
  8. Zhang, W., Padmanabhan, P., Huang, C.-H. (2018). Firm level offshoring activities, pollution regulation, triple bottom line, and market structure: What do they have in common? Journal of Cleaner Production. 195, 618–624.
  9. Zeng, J., Zhang, W., Matsui, Y., & Zhao, X. (2017). The Impact of Organizational Context on Hard and Soft Quality Management and Innovation Performance, International Journal of Production Economics 185, 240-251
  10. Qiu C, Zhang, W. (2016). Managing long queues for holiday sales shopping, Journal of Revenue and Pricing Management. 15(1), 52–65
  11. Zhang, W., Padmanabhan, P., Huang, C. (2015). Sequential capital investment decision making under extreme cash flow situations: evidence using Monte Carlo simulation. Journal of Business Economics and Management, 16(5), 877–900.
  12. Zhang, W., Li, S., Zhang, D., & Hou, W. (2014). On the impact of advertising initiatives in supply chains. European Journal of Operational Research, 234(1), 99-107.
  13. Tamburrini, G. and W. Zhang (2014). Entrepreneurship in Time of Crisis: The Outsourcing of Services Through Franchise Arrangements in the Italian Food Service Industry. Journal of Foodservice Business Research, 17 (1), 28-47.
  14. Huang, C., Padmanabhan, P., & Zhang, W. (2013). Mitigating the Impact of Managerial Anchoring: The Case for Management by Committee for Major Corporate Financial Decisions. Multinational Finance Journal, 17 (1/2), 1-29.
  15. Awan, M. A., Zhang, W. (2013). Export Marketing Performance (EMP) of Pakistan SMEs impacted by the InternetGSTF Business Review, 2(3), 174.
  16. Tamburrini, G. & Zhang, W. (2012). Startup Strategies: the (International) Franchisor in the Italian Food Service Industry. Tourism Research, 37 (5), 61-92. (Korean SSCI Journal)
  17. Awan, M. A., Khan, H. U., Zhang, W. (2012). A Comparative Study on Online Service Quality Perception of Two Major Regional Economies. International Journal of e-Education, e-Business, e-Management and e-Learning, 2(6), 529-533.
  18. Li, S., D. Zhang, W. Zhang. (2010). A Study of Corporate Social Responsibility Activities of 12 Giant Food Companies (1980 – 2008) in Promoting Healthy FoodObesity Prevention: The Role of Brain and Society on Individual Behavior. 2010, Elsevier Inc.

Selected Working Papers

Full text available upon request.

  1. A Monte Carlo Simulation Approach to Measuring the Impact of Decision Maker Behaviors on Supply Chain Resilience


  • Optimization and Decision Making
  • Decision Making in Operations
  • Production and Operations Management
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Business Intelligence and Analytics
  • Principles of Management Science
  • Business Decision Analysis
  • Advanced Decision Modeling
  • Mathematics for Business and Economics
  • Problem Analysis and Decision Modeling
  • Statistics for Business
  • Applied Research
  • Doing Business in China
  • East Meets West: The Dynamics of Business & Economics (Faculty-led Study Abroad Program)

Selected Service

  • 2023 - , Board of Directors, Minnesota Indigenous Business Alliance
  • 2022 - , Board of Directors, True North Goodwill
  • 2022 - , Chapter Advisor, Beta Gamma Sigma International Business Honor Society - UMD Chapter
  • 2022 - 2025, Research, Scholarship & Creative Activities Committee, UMD Faculty Governance
  • 2022 - 2025, Study Abroad Faculty Advisory Committee, International Programs and Services, UMD
  • 2022 - 2024, Board of College of Service Operations, Production and Operations Management Society (POMS)
  • 2022 - , Sustainability Education Committee, UMD
  • 2018 - , Chair, LSBE Intellectual Contributions and Faculty Development Committee, UMD

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