Christopher S. Tang

UCLA Distinguished Professor, and Edward W. Carter Chair in Business Administration

Phone: (310) 825-4203

Fax: (310) 206-3337

Gold Hall, Room B-517


Christopher Tang is a UCLA Distinguished Professor and the holder of the Edward W. Carter Chain in Business Administration. He joined UCLA in 1985 and served as Senior Associate Dean and Chairman from 1998 to 2002,  Dean of the Business School at the National University of Singapore from 2002 to 2004, and Senior Advisor to the President of National University of Singapore from 2000 to 2002.  Currently, he serves as President of the Production and Operations Management Society (2013-2104) and as Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University Business School (2012-2015).  He has served as a member of the International Advisory Board of the Hong Kong City University Business School (2009 - 2012), and as an external reviewer of the Columbia-London Business School-Hong Kong University Executive MBA program (2009) as well as the Chinese University of Hong Kong Executive MBA program (2009-2012).  

His research spans across different areas including: global supply chain management, retail operations, and social business operations. He has co-edited 4 books, co-written 1 book, and published over 100 academic articles in research journals such as Management Science, Operations Research, Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, Production and Operations Management, Journal of Marketing Research, Sloan Management Review, California Management Review, Interfaces and European Journal of Operational Research. In addition, he has published management articles in Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Los Angeles Times, Fortune, and The Guardian.  He served on editorial boards for over 15 international journals and research boards for startup companies. Currently, he is serving as the editor-in-chief of Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, and the editor of the Springer book series on Supply Chain Management.

He has advised companies such as Abbott Laboratories, Accenture, Amgen, Andersen Consulting, Bay Networks, Emerson Electric (Hong Kong), Federal Reserve Bank, GKN (United Kingdom), Hewlett Packard Company (world-wide locations), Honda America, Hughes Aircraft Company, Nestlé USA, IBM (world-wide locations), ICL International, Intertek Testing Services (England), Information Technology Institute (Singapore), Johnson and Johnson, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Kurokabe (Japan), Northrop-Grumman, and Orient Overseas Container Limited (Hong Kong).  Currently, he serves as a board member of Asia Pacific Health Ventures (California). 

In addition to establishing the UCLA-NUS EMBA program in 2003, Professor Tang has taught a variety of Supply Chain Management and Retail Operations related courses in the MBA / Fully Employed MBA / Executive MBA / PhD programs at the London Business School, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, National University of Singapore, Stanford University, UCLA and elsewhere.  Also, he has taught various executive programs in  Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Spain, and United Kingdom. 


Ph.D. Operations Research, 1985, Yale University
M.Phil. Statistics, 1983, Yale University
M.A. Operations Management, 1983, Yale University
B.Sc. Mathematics, (First Class Honours) 1981, King's College, University of London


Supply Chain Management, China, Retailing, Social Entrepreneurship, Risk Management, Project Management, Strategy, process improvement in health care




Lifetime Fellow, Manufacturing and Service Operations Management Society, 2015.

Editor, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, 2015 - present

Dean's Excellent Service Award, UCLA Anderson School, 2014.

Best Paper Award, ``Linking Process Quality and Resource Usage: An Empirical Analysis,'' by D. Andritsos and C. S. Tang, Production and Operations Management, 2014. International Conference on Big Data and Analytics in Healthcare, 2014.

Teaching Excellence Award, UCLA-NUS Executive MBA Program, 2013

J. Clayburn La Force Faculty Leadership Award, UCLA Anderson School, 2013

President, Production and Operations Management Society (POMS) 2013-2014

UCLA (university-wide) Distinguished Teaching Award, 2012

Teaching Excellence Award, UCLA-NUS Executive MBA Program, 2012

President-Elect, Production and Operations Management Society (POMS) 2012-2013

Lifetime Fellow, Institute of Operations Research and Management Sciences (INFORMS), 2011

Lifetime Fellow, Production and Operations Management Society (POMS), 2011

Speaker, Eighth Meyer Rosenblatt Memorial Lecture, Olin Business School, Washington University, 2011

Board Member, Production and Operations Management Society, 2011 -2012

President, Supply Chain College, Production and Operations Management Society, 2010 - 2011

Speaker, Jacob Marschak Memorial Colloquium, UCLA, 2010

Teaching Excellence Award, UCLA-NUS Executive MBA Program, 2009

Teaching Excellence Award, UCLA Anderson MBA Program (Nominee), 2009

Teaching Excellence Award, UCLA-NUS Executive MBA Program, 2005 (Inaugural year)

Cycle and Carriage Professor,  National University of Singapore, 2000, and 2002-2004

Shaw Visiting Professor, National University of Singapore, 1999

First Recipient of the Niedorf "Decade" Teaching Award, UCLA Anderson School, 1999

Executive MBA Program Distinguished Teaching Award, UCLA, 1998

Senior Research Fellow, Stanford University, 1997 - present

Citibank Distinguished Teaching Award, UCLA, 1996

James Peters Research Fellow, UCLA, 1996 - 2002

UCLA (university-wide) Distinguished Teaching Award (Finalist), 1989 and 1990

First Recipient of the IBM Manufacturing Research Fellow, 1983-1985

Yale University Fellowship, 1981-1983

  • Guillaume Roels and Christopher S. Tang. (2015). Win-Win Capacity Allocation Contracts in Co-Production and Co-Distribution Alliances. Management Science, 2015.
  • Christopher S. Tang. (2015). The Past, Present, and Future of M&SOM. Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, 2015. [ Link ]
  • G. Georgiadis, S.A. Lippman, and Christopher S. Tang. (2014). Project Design with Limited Commitment and Teams. Rand Journal of Economics, 2014.
  • Soo Haeng Cho and Christopher S. Tang. (2014). Uniform and Competitive Capacity Allocation Mechanisms with Demand Competition: The Gaming Effect. Operations Research, 2014.
  • M. Sodhi and Christopher S. Tang. (2014). Research Opportunities in Supply Chains with the Poor as Suppliers or Distributors in Developing Countries. Production and Operations Management, 2014.
  • D. Andritsos and Christopher S. Tang. (2014). Linking Process Quality and Resource Usage: An Empirical Analysis. Production and Operations Management, 2014.
  • S.H. Cho and Christopher S. Tang. (2013). Advance Booking Programs for Managing Supply, Demand and Price Risks. Manufacturing, Services and Operations Management, Vol. 15, 2, pp. 305-319, 2013.
  • V. Babich and Christopher S. Tang. (2012). Managing Opportunistic Supplier Product Adulteration: Deferred Payments, Inspection and Combined Mechanisms. Manufacturing, Services and Operations Management, Vol. 14, 2, pp. 301-314, 2012.
  • Christopher S. Tang and X. Zhou. (2012). Research Advances in Environmental and Socially Sustainable Operations. European Journal of Operational Research, vol. 223, pp. 585-594, 2012.
  • H. Dharma Kwon, Steven A. Lippman, Kevin F. McCardle, and Christopher S. Tang. (March 2010). Project Management Contracts with Delayed Payments. vol. 12 (4), pp. 692-707, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, 2010. [ Link ]
  • W. Elmaghraby, S.A. Lippman, C.S. Tang, R. Yin. (July 2009). Pre-announced Pricing Strategies with Reservations. vol. 18, pp. 381-401, Production and Operations Management, 2009. [ Link ]
  • R. Yin, Y. Aviv, A. Pazgal, C.S. Tang. (2009). Optimal Markdown Pricing: Implications of Inventory Display Formats in the Presence of Strategic Customers. Vol. 55, 8, pp. 1391-1422, Management Science, 2009. [ Link ]
  • M. Sodhi, C.S. Tang. (January 2009). Rethink the Links in the Supply Chain. Financial Times, [ Link ]
  • C.S. Tang. (May 2008). United We May Stand. Wall Street Journal, [ Link ]
  • C.S. Tang, B. Tomlin. (November 2008). The Power of Flexibility for Mitigating Supply Chain Risks. International Journal of Production Economics, 116(1): 12-27. [ Link ]

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