Tao Lu

Assistant Professor

Operations and Information Management

Education/Professional Certification

Ph.D., 2016, M.Phil., 2013, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
BBA,  2011, Beijing Jiaotong University


Tao Lu is an assistant professor at the Department of Operations and Information Management, University of Connecticut. His research interests lie broadly in supply chain management, transport logistics, gig economy platforms, and socially responsible operations. His work has been published in premier academic journals such as Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, Operations Research, Production and Operations Management. Prior to joining UConn, he taught at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University in the Netherlands. He is serving as an Associate Editor of the Service Science journal. 

Selected Publications

Tao Lu and Brian Tomlin. Forewarned is forearmed? Contingent sourcing, shipment information and supplier competition.  Manufacturing & Service Operations Management. Forthcoming. 

Tao Lu, Zhichao Zheng and Yuanguang Zhong. Maximizing the benefits of on-demand staffing: Fill rate-based allocation and coordination mechanisms.  Manufacturing & Service Operations Management. Forthcoming.

Tao Lu and Brian Tomlin (2022). Sourcing from a self-reporting supplier: Strategic communication of social responsibility in a supply chain. Manufacturing & Service Operations Management 24(2), 902-920.

Alberto Giudici, Tao Lu, Clemens Thielen, Rob Zuidwijk (2021). An analysis of the stability of hinterland container transport cooperation. Transportation Science 55(5):1170-1186

Tao Lu, Ying-Ju Chen, Jan C. Fransoo and Chung-Yee Lee (2020). Shipping to heterogeneous customers with competing carriers. Manufacturing & Service Operations Management 22(4): 850-867. 

Tao Lu, Chung-Yee Lee and Loo-Hay Lee (2020). Coordinating pricing and empty container repositioning in two-depot systems. Transportation Science 54(6):1697–1713.

Tao Lu, Ying-Ju Chen, Brian Tomlin and Yimin Wang (2019). Selling co-products through a distributor: The impact on product line design. Production and Operations Management 28(4): 1010-1032. 

Tao Lu, Jan C. Fransoo and Chung-Yee Lee (2017). Carrier portfolio management for shipping seasonal products. Operations Research 65(5), 1250-1266.


Contact Information
Mailing AddressUniversity of Connecticut School of Business, OPIM Dept. Attn: Tao Lu 2100 Hillside Road, U1041 Storrs, CT 06269-1041
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