Hi, I'm Dennis Zhang.

I am an assistant professor of Operations and Manufacturing Management at the Olin Business School. My research focuses on data-driven operations in digital economy and platforms. I implement field experiments and use econometrics and machine learning with observational data to improve operations.

Research

Link to SSRN, Google Scholar

Publications

  1. 1. "The Value of Pop-Up Stores in Driving Online Engagement in Platform Retailing: Evidence from a Large-Scale Field Experiment with Alibaba," with Hengchen Dai and Lingxiu Dong, Management Science (2019).
  2. 2. "Peer Bargaining and Productivity in Teams: Gender and the Inequitable Division of Pay," with Lamar Pierce and Laura W. Wang, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management (2019).

Selected Papers Under Review

  1. "Financing Small and Medium-Size Enterprises via Retail Platform," with Lingxiu Dong and Long Ren, major revision in Manufacturing & Service Operations Management.
  2. "Information Sharing on Retail Platforms," with Zekun Liu and Fuqinag Zhang, major revision in Manufacturing & Service Operations Management.
  3. "Pros vs Joes: Agent Pricing Behavior in the Sharing Economy," with Jun Li and Anotonio Moreno-Garcia, major revision in Management Science.
  4. "Taking Assortment Optimization from Theory to Practice: Evidence from Large Field Experiments on Alibaba," with Jake Feldman, under 2nd revision at in Management Science.

Professional Experience

Washington University in St. Louis

  • Assistant Professor of Operations and Manufacturing Management, 2016 - Present

Google

  • Software Engineer PhD Intern. Rephil Team in Los Angeles, 2015 Summer.
  • Software Engineer PhD Intern. Smart Advertisement Support System Team in Pittsburgh, 2014 Summer.

Five Rings Capital

  • Quantitative Trading Developer Intern. New York, 2011 Summer.

Symantec

  • Part-time Quality Assurance Engineer. ccScan Team in Los Angeles, 2009-2010.
  • Quality Assurance Intern. ccScan Team in Los Angeles, 2009 Summer.

Students

Advisor/Co-advisor

  • Jiankun Sun (Operations Management, Kellogg School of Management, 2019)
  • Initial Placement: Assistant Professor at Imperial College Business School, London

Committee Member

  • (co-author) Joren Gijsbrechts (Operations Management, KU Leuven, Expected 2020).
  • (co-author) Zhenling Jiang (Marketing, Olin Business School, 2019)
  • Initial Placement: Assistant Professor at J. Mack Robinson College of Business, Georgia State University
  • Fasheng Xu (Operations Management, Olin Business School, 2019)
  • Initial Placement: Assistant Professor at Whitman School of Management, Syracuse University.
  • Duo Shi (Operations Management, Olin Business School, 2019)
  • Initial Placement: Assistant Professor at CUHK Business School, Shenzhen

Contact me!

You can find me via email: denniszhang AT wustl.edu

Office: Bauer Hall 406, 1 Brookings Dr., St. Louis, MO 63130.

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