UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

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Lauren Xiaoyuan Lu

Associate Professor of Operations

McColl 4701
Chapel Hill, NC
27599-3490

 lauren_lu@unc.edu
 office: (919) 962-3154
 



Lauren Lu’s research centers on firms’ strategic and tactic decisions in the broad context of global supply chain management and health-care operations. 

She develops analytical models to investigate firms’ capacity investment and sourcing decisions, and seek to understand firms’ contractual relationships in global supply chains. She uses data to evaluate the performance of various health-care systems to make inferences about operational determinants of care quality and assess the impact of health-care policies on operations. 

Dr. Lu has published many research articles in top operations management journals. She is an associate editor for Management Science and Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, and a  senior editor for Production & Operations Management

She won the first prize of the INFORMS Junior Faculty Interest Group paper competition in 2009. 

Dr. Lu teaches courses on supply chain management and operations management in the full-time MBA and Undergraduate Business Programs. She won the Weatherspoon Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Undergraduate Business Program in 2012.

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.