A foremost scholar on supply chain management, having published more than 100 articles in academic journals, magazines and newspapers as well as five books, Distinguished Professor Christopher S. Tang holds the Edward W. Carter Chair in Business Administration. His interest in this field began in the private sector, working for IBM on internal production planning problems. His early research focused on mainstream operations management problems, such as production planning and control, inventory models with yield uncertainties, design and control of flexible manufacturing lines, and capacity configuration problems. Tang expanded his interest and research, working with marketing researchers on production planning and promotion, joint pricing and production decision-making, and advanced booking. He continued his integration with retailing in the exploration of joint operations decisions and assortment planning, consumer shopping behaviors and product pricing.
While his research was motivated by real-life problems and industry projects, such exposure enabled him to develop teaching cases on a variety of concerns, such as micro-financing for the poor, mobile platforms for developing economies, creating shared values and direct procurement of agricultural products, response management in disasters and new business models in the age of the Internet. These new cases often went beyond the traditional topics of operations management, addressing the trendy and pressing issues faced by supply chain executives, as well as innovations that industry leaders use to create higher values in the global market.
His fascination with management of business relationships, international contracts and the materials as well as information and financial flows along global supply chains eventually led him from his role as a teaching fellow at Yale to UCLA Anderson in 1985, where “students are global,” he explains. “They’re curious and talented and they have fresh minds, which gives me great joy.”
Tang’s commitment to developing global leaders encouraged him to establish the UCLA-NUS EMBA program in 2003. “The UCLA-NUS EMBA dual degree program enables our students to truly emerge and learn in a different environment, where they will gain this kind of first-hand global experience to be able to ‘think global and act local’ effectively,” he says.
His research now spans different areas that include global supply chain management, retail operations and social business operations. His current interest focuses on social innovation for developing countries, looking at ways that companies can operate in the environment, doing good and doing well at the same time — “where corporate responsibility, social justice, and environmental stewardship can go hand in hand.”
In addition to collaborating with students and colleagues, advising and mentoring many, including Ph.D.s, Tang has served as advisor to a number of corporate giants and startup companies. He has been a visiting professor at various international universities, such as the London Business School, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, National University of Singapore, Stanford University, UCLA, UC Berkeley and others, and has taught various executive programs in Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Spain and the United Kingdom.
He has been recognized with numerous UCLA teaching accolades, including the Dean’s Excellent Service Award. He was elected a fellow by the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), Manufacturing & Service Operations Management Society (MSOM) and the Production and Operations Management Society (POMS). He was POMS’ president in 2013, served on the editorial boards of many leading journals and is the current editor of Manufacturing and Service Operations Management. He has been UCLA Anderson’s senior associate dean and chairman and served as dean of the Business School at the National University of Singapore between 2002 and 2004.
Global Supply Chain Management 240F
Operations and Technology Management 474
Global Operations Strategy (a new course I developed at Berekley)
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
UCLA (university-wide) Distinguished Teaching Award, 2012
Teaching Excellence Award, UCLA-NUS Executive MBA Program, 2012
Lifetime Fellow, Institute of Operations Research and Management Sciences (INFORMS), 2011
Lifetime Fellow, Production and Operations Management Society (POMS), 2011
B.Sc. (First Class Honors) Mathematics, 1981, King’s College, University of London
M.Phil. Administrative Science, 1983, Yale University
M.A. Statistics, 1983, Yale University
Ph.D. Management Science, 1985, Yale University