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 observational data to improve operations.


Link to SSRN, Google Scholar


  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. "Predicting Human Discretion to Adjust Algorithmic Prescription: A Large-Scale Field Experiment in Bin Packing Warehouse Operations," with Jiankun Sun, Haoyuan Hu and Jan A. Van Mieghem, major revision in Management Science.
  2. "Taking Assortment Optimization from Theory to Practice: Evidence from Large Field Experiments on Alibaba," with Jake Feldman, under 2nd round review in Management Science.

Books, Practitioner and Conference Publications

  1. 1. "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 (2018).
  2. 2. "A Better Way to Fight Discrimination in the Sharing Economy,” with Jun Li and Ruomeng Cui, Harvard Business Review (2017).
  3. 3. "Achieving Flexibility in LDPC Code Design by Absorbing Set Elimination," with Jiadong Wang, Shayan Srinivasa and Lara Dolecek, Proc. Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems, and Computers (2011).

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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