Prof. YAN Houmin (嚴厚民)

PhD - Operations Management
MA - Electronic Engineering
BSc - Electronic Engineering

Dean (CB)
Chair Professor of Management Sciences

Prof. YAN Houmin (嚴厚民)

Contact Information

Address: G7528, Academic 1
City University of Hong Kong
Phone: +852 34422881
Fax: +852 34420151
E-mail:
cbhyan@cityu.edu.hk
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Research Areas

  • Behavior Models
  • Contracts and Risks Analysis
  • Supply Chain Management

Professor Houmin Yan is Chair Professor of Management Sciences and Dean of the College of Business at the City University of Hong Kong. Prior to joining CityU he served as Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and as Associate Director and Science Advisor for the Hong Kong R&D Center for Logistics and Supply Chain Management Enabling Technologies. He has also worked as a tenured Associate Professor at the School of Management, University of Texas at Dallas.

Professor Yan's main research areas are stochastic models, simulations, and supply chain management. He has published in journals such as Operations Research, Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, IIE Transactions, Production and Operations Management, Journal of Optimization: Theory and Applications, and IEEE Transactions. Professor Yan's work has won widespread recognition. In 2004, his paper (co-authored with Gan and Sethi) "Coordination of Supply Chains with Risk-Averse Agents" (POM, Vol. 13, 2004, 135 -149) received the Wickhan-Skinner Best paper Award from the 2nd World Conference on Production and Operations Management and the Society of Production and Operations Management (POMs). In 2005, his paper (co-authored with Lee and Tan) "Designing An Assembly Process with Stochastic Material Arrivals" (IIE Transactions, Vol. 35, 2003, 803-815) has been awarded the Best Paper Award for "the focus issues on Operations Engineering for 2003-2004" from the Institute of Industrial Engineers(IIE). In 2012, his paper (co-authored with Buzacott and Zhang) "Risk Analysis of Commitment-Option Contracts with Forecast Updates" (IIE Transactions, Vol. 43, 2011, 415-431) has been awarded the Best Paper Prize in in Scheduling and Logistics from the Institute of Industrial Engineers(IIE). He received his B.S. and M.S. from Tsinghua University and his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles
  • Buzacott, J., Yan, H., and Zhang, H. (December 2011), "Risk Analysis of Commitment-Option Contracts with Forecast Updates", Iie Transactions, Vol. 47, pp. 415-431, Best Paper Award from IIE.
  • Wang, H. and Yan, H., (2009), "Inventory management for customers with alternative lead-time choices", Production and Operations Management, Vol. 18, pp. 705-720.
  • Sethi, S., Yan, H., Zhang, H.Q., and Zhou (2007), "A Supply Chain with a Service Requirement for Each Market Signal", Production and Operations Management, Vol. 16, pp. 322-342.
  • Feng, A., Sethi, S.P., Yan, H., and Zhang, H.Q (2006), "Inventory models with n-delivery modes and demand information updates", Operations Research, Vol. 54, pp. 801-807.
  • Gan, X., Sethi, S. P., and Yan, H. (2005), "Supply Chain Coordination with a Risk- Averse Retailer and a Risk-Neutral Supplier", Production and Operations Management, Vol. 14, No. 1, pp. 80-89.
  • Gan, X, Sethi, S.P., and Yan, H. (2004), "Coordination of Supply Chains with Risk-Averse Agents", Production and Operations Management, Vol. 13, No. 2, pp. 135-149, Won The Wickham-Skinner Best Paper Award from the Production and Operations Management Society.
  • Lee, C.Y., Tan, S.T., Yan, H. (2003), "Designing an assembly process with stochastic material arrivals", Iie Transactions, Vol. 35, pp. 803-815, Best Paper Award from IIE.
  • Sethi, S., Yan, H., and Zhang, H. (2003), "Inventory Models with Fixed Costs, Multiple Delivery Modes and Forecast Updates", Operations Research, Vol. 51, pp. 321-328.
  • Sethi, S.P., Yan, H., Zhang, H., and Zhang, Q. (2002), "Optimal and Hierarchical Controls in Dynamic Stochastic Manufacturing Systems: A Review", M&SOM-Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, Vol. 4, No. 2, pp. 133-170.
  • Yan, H., Liu, K., and Hsu, A. (2002), "Optimal Ordering in a Dual-Supplier System with Demand Forecast Updates", Production and Operations Management, Vol. 12, pp. 30-45.
  • Feng, Y., and Yan, H. (December 2000), "Optimal Production Control in a Discrete Manufacturing System with Unreliable Machines and Random Demands", IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, Vol. 35, No. 12, pp. 2280-2296.
  • Yan,H., Lou, S.,and Sethi, S.P. (2000), "Testing the Robustness of Various Production Control Policies in Semiconductor Manufacturing", Production and Operations Management, Vol. 9, pp. 171-183.
  • Yan, H., Zhou, X.Y., and Yin,G. (1999), "Approximating an optimal production policy in a continuous flow line: recurrence and asymptotic properties", Operations Research, Vol. 47, pp. 535-549.
  • Cheng, F., Yan, H., and Yang, J. (1998), "Production scheduling of continuous flow lines: multiple products with setup times and cost", Production and Operations Management, Vol. 7, No. 4, pp. 387-401.
Accepted Journal Articles (forthcoming)
  • Wang, H.F., Liang X.Y., Sethi, S. and Yan, H. (May 2013), "Inventory Commitment and Prioritized Backlogging Clearance with Alternative Delivery Lead Times", accepted by Production and Operations Management, forthcoming.