John B. and Lillian E. Neff College of Business and Innovation

Dr. Xinghao (Shaun) Yan

Shaun Yan

Associate Professor
Information Operations & Technology Management
Office: Stranahan Hall - 4043
Telephone: (419) 530 - 4365


Dr. Xinghao (Shaun) Yan is currently an Associate Professor in Supply Chain Management at the College of Business and Innovation, University of Toledo. Prior to joining the University of Toledo in 2016, Dr. Yan was an Assistant Professor at Ivey Business School, Western University.

Dr. Yan’s research mainly adopts modelling-based and evidence-based research methods and covers a wide range of topics that include information asymmetry and uncertainty in supply chains, quality contracting, supply chain coordination, supply chain sustainability, healthcare supply chains management, customers’ return behavior and manufacturer’s operational decision, as well as behavioral operations in supply chain management. He has published research articles in many journals such as Operations Research, Production and Operations Management, Decision Sciences, European Journal of Operational Research, IIE Transactions on Healthcare System Engineering, International Journal of Production Economics, and Omega 

Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
Doctor of Philosophy, Quantitative Method and Management Science

Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
Master of Science, Applied Mathematics

Nankai University, Tianjin, China
Master of Science, Automatic Control
Bachelor of Science, Automatic Control

  • Supply Chain Management
  • Business analytics
  • Operations management
  • Revenue Management                                               
  • Transportation and Logistics 
  1. Information Asymmetry in Decentralized Supply Chains
    • Impacts of information asymmetry on supply chain performance
    • Information sharing and incentive compatibility

2. Mechanism/Contract Design for Decentralized Supply Chains

    • Efficiency of contracts with different formats
    • Coordinating mechanism/contract design

3. Operations Research in Healthcare

    • Optimal operational decision making in healthcare supply chains
    • Mechanism design for pharmaceutical supply chains
    • Information sharing/Sharing economy in hospital queing system

4. Quality Improvement in Supply Chains

    • Quality-based supplier-selection
    • Mechanism/contract design with quality improvement

5. Supply Chain Sustainability

    • Contact/Mechanism design for sustainable supply chains

6. Behavioral Operations in Supply Chain Management

    • Trust and Trustworthiness in Supply Chain Management


1. Yan, X. H. and H. Zhao. 2011. “Decentralized Inventory Sharing with Asymmetric Information”, Operations Research. 59 (6): 1528-1538.

2. Yan, X. H., H. Zhao, and K. Tang. 2015. “Requirement or Promise? An Analysis of First-Mover Advantage in Quality Contracting”, Production and Operations Management. 24 (6): 917-933.

3. Yan, X. H. 2014. “Contract Efficiency in Decentralized Supply Chain with the Presence of Quality Improvement”, International Transactions in Operational Research. 22: 713-734.

4. Yan, X. H. and H. Zhao. 2015. “Inventory Sharing and Coordination among n Independent Retailers”, European Journal of Operational Research. 243: 576-587.

5. Mirzaei, F. H., F. Odegaard, and X. H. Yan. 2015. “User Reward Programs in Online Social Media”, OMEGA. 57B: 123-144.

6. Yan, X. H. and G. Zaric. 2016. “Families of Supply Chain Coordinating Contracts in the Presence of Retailer Effort”, International Journal of Production Economics. 175: 213-225.

7. Yan, X. H. 2016. “An Analysis of Contract Form for Supply Chains with Quality Improvement”, International Transactions in Operational Research. DOI: 10.1111/itor.12266.

8. M. Begen, Pun, H., and X. H. Yan. 2016. “Supply and Demand Uncertainty Reduction Efforts and Cost Comparison”, International Journal of Production Economics. 180: 125-134.

9. Mirzaei, F. H., F. Odegaard, and X. H. Yan. 2017. “Airline Switching Revenue with Price-Guarantees”, Journal of Revenue and Pricing Management. 16 (3): 308-324.

10. Yan, X. H. and G. Zaric. 2017. “Influenza Vaccine Supply Chain with Vaccination Promotion Effort and its Coordination”, IIE Transactions on Healthcare System Engineering. 7 (1): 53-72. (This article was selected by the editor as one of the two articles among all articles published in IIE Transactions in a quarter to be highlighted in IE magazine).

11. Yan, X. H. and G. Zaric. 2017. “Improving the efficiency of the influenza Vaccine Supply Chain”, IE Magazine.

12. Ghamat, S., H. Pun, and X. H. Yan. 2017. “Optimal Outsourcing Strategies when Capacity is Limited”, Decision Sciences. DOI: 10.1111/deci.12298.

13. Yan, X. H. and M., Agi. 2019. “Greening Products in a Supply Chain Under Market Segmentation and Different Channel Power Structures”, forthcoming, International Journal of Production Economics.

14. Wu, Jianghua, L. Wang, and X. H. Yan. 2020. “An Integrated Randomized Pricing Strategy for Omni-channel Retailing”, accepted, International Journal of Electronic Commerce.

  • COBI Vonderembse Research Award COBI, University of Toledo, 2020
  • Summer Research Grant ($17,000) University of Toledo, 2018
  • Summer Research Grant ($20,000) College of Business and Innovation (COBI) University of Toledo, 2017, 2019
  • Nominee for COBI Research Award COBI, University of Toledo, 2017
  • Research Basic Funding ($10,000) Ivey Business School, 2016-2017
  • Annual research Budget ($7,000) Ivey Business School, 2008-2016
  • USC Teaching Award, Western University 2015-2016, 2014-2015, 2010-2011
  • Krannert Outstanding Teaching Award, Purdue University 2006
Last Updated: 9/7/21