Hau L. Lee

Professor, Operations, Information & Technology
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Hau L. Lee

The Thoma Professor of Operations, Information & Technology

Additional Administrative Titles

Co-Director, Value Chain Innovation Initiative

Research Statement

Hau Lee’s research focuses on value chain innovations to develop new business models and networks for value creation through effective management of the value chain. His works spans both global enterprises in developed and emerging countries, as well as entrepreneurs in developing economies.

Research Interests

  • Supply chain management, entrepreneurship, information technology, value chain innovations


Hau L. Lee is the Thoma Professor of Operations, Information and Technology at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. His areas of specialization include global value chain innovations, supply chain management, global logistics, inventory modeling, and environmental and social responsibility.  He is also the faculty advisor for the Stanford Institute for Innovations in Developing Economies, and is a co-director of the Stanford Value Chain Innovation Initiative.

Professor Lee has published widely in journals such as Management Science, Operations Research, Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, Supply Chain Management Review, IIE Transactions, and Interfaces, etc. He has served on the editorial boards of many international journals, such as Operations Research, Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, IIE Transactions, Supply Chain Management Review, Sloan Management Review, and the Journal of Production and Operations Management. From 1997-2003, he was the Editor-in-Chief of Management Science.

Professor Lee was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2010. He received the Harold Lardner Prize for International Distinction in Operations Research, Canadian Operations Research Society, 2003. He was elected a Fellow of Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, INFORMS, 2001; Production and Operations Management Society, 2005; and INFORMS, 2005. In 2006, he was President of the Production and Operations Management Society. His article, “The Triple-A Supply Chain,” was the Second Place Winner of the McKinsey Award for the Best Paper in 2004 in the Harvard Business Review. In 2004, his co-authored paper in 1997, “Information Distortion in a Supply Chain: The Bullwhip Effect,” was voted as one of the 10 most influential papers in the history of Management Science.  In 2014, his co-authored paper in 2013, “The Impact of Logistics Performance on Trade,” received the Wickham Skinner Best Paper Award from the Production and Operations Management Society.

Professor Lee has consulted extensively in the public and private sectors. He is a co-founder of DemandTec, which went public in 2007. He is on the board and advisory board of several logistics services and supply chain software companies. He has also given executive training workshops on supply chain management and global logistics in Asia, Europe, and America.

Professor Lee obtained his B.Soc.Sc. degree in Economics and Statistics from the University of Hong Kong in 1974, his M.Sc. degree in Operational Research from the London School of Economics in 1975, and his MS and PhD degrees in Operations Research from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1983.

Academic Degrees

  • PhD, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, 1983
  • MS, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, 1979
  • MSc, London School of Economics, 1975
  • BS, University of Hong Kong, 1974
  • Honorary Doctorate, Erasmus University of Rotterdam, 2008
  • Honorary Doctor of Engineering, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, 2006

Academic Appointments

  • At Stanford since 1983
  • Assistant Professor – Professor, Stanford University, 1983-present
  • Lecturer, University of Pennsylvania, 1982-1983
  • Lecturer, University of Hong Kong, 1975-1977

Professional Experience

  • Project Engineer, Hewlett-Packard Company, 1989-1990

Awards and Honors

  • Best Paper in Production and Operations Management category, Case Center Awards and Competitions, 2018
  • Codirector, Value Chain Innovation Initiative, Stanford GSB, 2015
  • GSB Trust Faculty Fellow for 2014-2015
  • Best Paper Award, Production and Operations Management Society, 2014
  • National Academy of Engineering, 2010
  • Distinguished Teaching Award, Stanford GSB, 2007
  • Fellow, INFORMS, 2005
  • Fellow, Production and Operations Management Society, 2005
  • Paper voted as one of ten most influential papers in the history of Management Science, 2004
  • Fellow, Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, INFORMS, 2001


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