UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Shaping Leaders, Driving Results

UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Lauren Xiaoyuan Lu

Associate Professor of Operations

McColl 4701
Chapel Hill, NC

 office: (919) 962-3154

Lauren Lu’s research centers on firms’ strategic operational decisions in the broad context of supply chain management. She develops mathematical models to investigate firms’ capacity investment and sourcing decisions with the consideration of demand uncertainty and market competition.

She also seeks to understand firms’ contractual relationships with other firms in supply chains and incentives that help achieve better operational performance.

Dr. Lu has published in Management Science, Operations Research, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management and Production & Operations Management. She won the first prize of the INFORMS Junior Faculty Interest Group paper competition in 2009.

She teaches courses on supply chain management and operations management in the full-time MBA and Undergraduate Business Programs. In 2012, she won the Weatherspoon Award for excellence in teaching in the Undergraduate Business Program.

Prior to her doctoral study, she worked as a senior engineer for Oracle Corporation in California, where she designed and developed the scheduling modules of Oracle Project Resource Management.

She received her PhD in managerial economics and strategy from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management; MS in industrial engineering from Stanford University; and BS in biochemistry from Nanjing University in China.