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 marketplaces and the public sector. I implement field experiments and use econometrics and machine learning with observational data to improve operations.


Link to SSRN, Google Scholar


  1. 1. "How Do Price Promotions Affect Customer Behavior on Retailing Platforms? Evidence from a Large Randomized Experiment on Alibaba," with Hengchen Dai and Lingxiu Dong, accepted in Management Science (2019)

Professional Publications and Book Chapters

  1. 8. "A Better Way to Fight Discrimination in the Sharing Economy,” with Jun Li and Ruomeng Cui, Harvard Business Review (digital).
  2. 9. "Agent Pricing in the Sharing Economy: Evidence from Airbnb. Sharing Economy: Making Supply Meet Demand,” with Antonio Moreno and Jun Li and, M. Hu (Ed.), in Springer Series in Supply Chain Management, C. Tang (Series Ed.).

Selected Papers Under Review

  1. 10. "Peer Bargaining and Productivity in Teams: Gender and the Inequitable Division of Pay," with Lamar Pierce and Laura W. Wang, major revision in Manufacturing & Service Operations Management

Professional Experience

Washington University in St. Louis

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


  • 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.


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



  • 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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