Christopher S. Tang

UCLA Distinguished Professor and Edward W. Carter Chair in Business Administration
"Working with younger people enables me in some small way to shape the future. Their global perspectives and open-mindedness are a major reason I stay here."
(310) 825-4203
Areas of Expertise:
  • Asia
  • Outsourcing
  • Pricing
  • Retailing
  • Supply Chain Management
 

About

 
 

Biography

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.

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Courses

Global Supply Chain Management 240F

Operations and Technology Management 474

Global Operations Strategy (a new course I developed at Berekley)

 

Recognition

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

 

Education

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

 

Published Papers

HL Lee, KC So, CS Tang. The value of information sharing in a two-level supply chain. Management Science 46 (5), 626-643.

HL Lee, CS Tang. Modelling the costs and benefits of delayed product differentiation. Management Science 43 (1).

CS Tang. Perspectives in supply chain risk management. International Journal of Production Economics 103 (2), 451-488.

DR Bell, TH Ho, CS Tang. Determining where to shop: Fixed and variable costs of shopping. Journal of Marketing Research, 352-369.

CS Tang. Robust strategies for mitigating supply chain disruptions. International Journal of Logistics: Research and Applications 9 (1), 33-45.

 

Books

Supply Chain Risk Management. Co-written with ManMohan Sodhi. Springer Publishers, 2012.

A Long View of Operations Research/Management Science Research. Co-edited with ManMohan Sodhi. Springer Publishers, 2010.

Operations Management Models with Consumer-Driven Demand. Co-edited with Serguei Netissine. Springer Publishers, 2009.

Supply Chain Analysis: Information, System and Optimization. Co-edited with C.P. Teo and K.K. Wei), Springer Publishers, 2008.

Product Variety Management. Co-edited with Teck Ho. Kluwer Publishers, 1998.

 

Video

Supply Chain Innovations for Alleviating Poverty

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

 

Media Coverage

Will China be Uber’s Waterloo? Fortune.

Leaving China out of the TPP is a terrible mistake Fortune.

United We May Stand. Wall Street Journal.
In their first incarnation, group buying services failed. A similar concept in China may provide a road map for how to do it right.

Dissecting Alibaba's setback in the U.S.. Los Angeles Times.

The dark side of Asia's air travel boom. CBS MoneyWatch.

Requiem for a Dreamliner? The New Yorker.

What type of supply chain can facilitate humanitarian relief? The Guardian.

 

Published Papers

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.

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.

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.

M. Sodhi, C.S. Tang. (January 2009). Rethink the Links in the Supply Chain. Financial Times.

C.S. Tang. (May 2008). United We May Stand. Wall Street Journal.

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.

 

Published Works Since 1995

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Project Management Contracts with Delayed Payments. H.D. Kwon, S.A. Lippman, K.F. McCardle, C.S. Tang. To appear in Manufacturing & Service Operations Management

Pre-announced Pricing Strategies with Reservations. W. Elmaghraby, S.A. Lippman, C.S. Tang, R. Yin. To appear in Production and Operations Management. 2009.

Optimal Pricing and Rebate Strategies in a Two-Level Supply Chain. S-H. Cho, K.F. McCardle, C.S. Tang. To appear in Production and Operations Management. 2009.

The Implications of Customer Purchasing Behavior and In-store Display Formats. R. Yin, Y. Aviv, A. Pazgal, C.S. Tang. To appear in Management Science. 2009.

A Decision Analysis Tool for Evaluating Fundraising Tiers. K.F. McCardle, K. Rajaram, C.S. Tang. Decision Analysis. 6(1): 4-13. March 2009.

Rethinking links in the global supply chain. M.S. Sodhi, C.S. Tang. Financial Times. January 29, 2009.

ASP, The Art and Science of Practice: What Employers Demand from Applicants for MBA-Level Supply Chain Jobs and the Coverage of Supply Chain Topics in MBA Courses. M.S. Sodhi, B-G. Son, C.S. Tang. Interfaces. 38(6): 469-484. November-December 2008.

The Power of Flexibility for Mitigating Supply Chain Risks. C.S. Tang, B. Tomlin. International Journal of Production Economics. 116(1): 12-27. November 2008.

Making Products Safe: Process and Challenges. C.S. Tang. International Commerce Review. 8(1): 48-55. November 2008.

Rental Price and Rental Duration Under Retail Competition. C.S. Tang, S. Deo. European Journal of Operational Research. 187(3): 806-828. June 2008.

The Implications of Pooled Returns Policies. A.O. Brown, M.C. Chou, C.S. Tang. International Journal of Production Economics. 111(1): 129-146. January 2008.

Perspectives in Supply Chain Risk Management. C.S. Tang. International Journal of Production Economics. 103(2): 451-488. October 2006.

The Impact of Alternative Performance Measures on Single-Period Inventory Policy. A.O. Brown, C.S. Tang. Journal of Industrial and Management Optimization. 2(3): 297-318. August 2006.

An Auction Model Arising from an Internet Search Service Provider. W.S. Lim, C.S. Tang. European Journal of Operational Research. 172(3): 956-970. August 2006.

Robust Strategies for Mitigating Supply Chain Disruptions. C.S. Tang. International Journal of Logistics: Research and Applications. 9(1): 33-45. March 2006.

Bundling Retail Products: Models and Analysis. K.F. McCardle, K. Rajaram, C.S. Tang. European Journal of Operational Research. 177(2): 1197-1217. 2007.

Designing Supply Contracts: Contract Type And Information Asymmetry. C.J. Corbett, D. Zhou, C.S. Tang. Management Science. 50(4): 550-559. April 2004.

An Integrated Planning System for Managing the Refurbishment of Thermoluminescent Badges. M. Bayiz, C.S. Tang. Interfaces. 34(5): 383-393. September-October 2004.

Advance Booking Discount Programs under Retail Competition. K.F. McCardle, K. Rajaram, C.S. Tang. Management Science 50(5): 701-708. May 2004.

The Benefits Of Advance Booking Discount Programs: Models And Analysis. K. Rajaram, C.S. Tang, A. Alptekinoglu, J. Ou. Management Science. 50(4): 465-478. 2004.

Demand Modeling in Product Line Trimming: Substitutability and Variability. J-K. Chong, T-H. Ho, C.S. Tang. Managing Business Interfaces: Marketing, Engineering, and Manufacturing Perspectives. A.K. Chakravarty, J. Eliasberg. pp. 39-52. Kulwer Academic Publishers. 

The Impact of Product Substitution on Retail Merchandising. K. Rajaram, C.S. Tang. European Journal of Operational Research. 135(3): 582-601. December 2001.

Managing Demand Uncertainty for Short Life Cycle Products Using Advance Booking Discount Programs. C.S. Tang, K. Rajaram, J. Ou. Supply Chain Management: Applications and Algorithms. E. Romeijn (Ed.). Kluwer Academic Publishers. 

Store Choice and Shopping Behavior: How Price Format Works. C.S. Tang, D.R. Bell, T. Ho. California Management Review. 43(2): 56-74. Winter 2001

A Modeling Framework for Category Assortment Planning. J. Chong, T. Ho, C.S. Tang. Manufacturing & Service Operations Management. 3(3): 191 - 210. Summer 2001.

Modeling the Impact of an Outcome-Oriented Reimbursement Policy on Clinic, Patients, and Pharmaceutical Firms. K.C. So, C.S. Tang. Management Science (lead article). 46(7): 875-892. July 2000.

The Value of Information Sharing in a Two-Level Supply Chain. H.L. Lee, K.C. So, C.S. Tang. Management Science. 46(5): 626-643. May 2000.

Note: Optimal Ordering Decisions with Uncertain Cost and Demand Forecast Updating. H. Gurnani, C.S. Tang. Management Science. 45(10): 1456-1462. October 1999.

Designing Supply Contracts: Contract Type and Information Asymmetry. C.J. Corbett, C.S. Tang. Supply Chain Management. pp. 270-297. S. Tayur, R. Ganeshan, M. Magazine (Eds.). Kluwer Academic Publishers. January 1999. 

Supplier Relationship Map. C.S. Tang. International Journal of Logistics: Research and Applications. 2(1): 39-56. 1999.

Rational Shopping Behavior and the Option Value of Variable Pricing. T-H. Ho, C.S. Tang, D.R. Bell. Management Science (Lead Article). 44(12): S145-S160. December 1998.

Determining Where to Shop: Fixed and Variable Costs of Shopping. D.R. Bell, T. Ho, C.S. Tang. Journal of Marketing Research. 35(3): 352-369. August 1998.

Successful Strategies for Product Rollovers. C. Billington, H.L. Lee, C.S. Tang. Sloan Management Review. 39(3): 23-30. Spring 1998.

Product Structure, Brand Width and Brand Share. J-K. Chong, T. Ho, C.S. Tang. Product Variety Management: Research Advances. pp. 39-64. T. Ho, C.S. Tang (Eds.). Kluwer Academic Publishers. 1998. 

Managing Supply Chains with Contract Manufacturing. H.L. Lee, C.S. Tang. Global Supply Chain and Technology Management. pp. 141-151. H.L. Lee, S.M. Ng (Eds.). Production and Operations Management Society Book Series. 1998. 

Variability Reduction Through Operations Reversal. H.L. Lee, C.S. Tang. Management Science. 44(2): 162-172. February 1998.

Product Variety Management: Research Advances. T.H. Ho, C.S. Tang. (Eds.). Kluwer Academic Publishers. 233 pp. 1998. 

Control of a Stochastic Production System With Estimated Parameters. E.V. Denardo, C.S. Tang. Management Science. 43(9): 1296-1307. September 1997.

Modeling the Costs and Benefits of Delayed Production Differentiation. H.L. Lee, C.S. Tang. Management Science. 43(1): 40-53. January 1997.

On Postponement Strategies for Product Families with Multiple Points of Differentiation. A. Garg, C.S. Tang. IIE Transactions. 29: 641-650. 1997.

Lead Time and Response Time in a Pull Production Control System. I. Kim, C.S. Tang. European Journal of Operational Research. 101: 474-485. 1997.

On Managing Operating Capacity to Reduce Congestion in Service Systems. K.C. So, C.S. Tang. European Journal of Operational Research. 92: 83-98. 1996.

Reducing Cycle Time at an IBM Wafer Fabrication Facility. L. Demeester, C.S. Tang. Interfaces. 26(2): 34-49. March-April 1996.

Managing Supply Chains with Contract Manufacturing. H.L. Lee, C.S. Tang. Asian Journal of Business & Information Systems. 1(1): 11-22. Summer 1996. 

Optimal Batch Sizing and Repair Strategies for Operations with Repairable Jobs. K.C. So, C.S. Tang. Management Science, 41(5): 894-908. May 1995.

A Tactical Model for Airing New Seasonal Products. D. Kim, D.G. Morrison, C.S. Tang. European Journal of Operational Research. 84: 250-264. 1995. 

Optimal Operating Policy for a Bottleneck with Random Rework. K.C. So, C.S. Tang. Management Science. 41(4): 620-636. April 1995.

 

Working Papers

 

Books