Prof. CHEN Youhua Frank (陳友華教授)

MA - Economics
BE - Mechanical Engg
PhD - Management

Head (MS)
Chair Professor

Prof. CHEN Youhua Frank (陳友華教授)

Contact Information

Address: 7-251, Lau Ming Wai Academic Building
City University of Hong Kong
Phone: +852 34428595
Fax: +852 34420189
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Research Areas

  • Inventory Models
  • Risks in supply chains
  • Emerging Issues in supply chains
  • Healthcare management

Youhua (Frank) Chen [陳友華] is Professor of Management Sciences at City University of Hong Kong. He holds a bachelor degree in Engineering, master degree in Economics, and doctoral degree in Management from Tsinghua University (Beijing), the University of Waterloo, and the University of Toronto, respectively. After finishing his PhD, he went to Northwestern University as a post-doc fellow (9/1996-6/1997). Prior to joining City University of Hong Kong, Prof. Chen was on the faculty of NUS Business School, National University of Singapore (7/1997-6/2001) and the Department of Systems Engineering and Engineering Management, the Chinese University of Hong Kong (2001-2012), respectively. Courses which Prof. Chen taught in NUS include Operations Management and Supply Chain Management, at both undergraduate and MBA levels. He was also actively involved in executive teaching (EDP and EMBA). At CUHK, he taught Logistics and Supply Chain Management, and served as the deputy director and director for the Executive Master of Science Program (EMSc) in Logistics and Supply Chain Management, a joint program with Tsinghua University (Shenzhen). Prof. Chen has also been involved in consulting projects in the area of supply chain management and logistics. His current research projects span from logistics/supply chains, weather risk management to healthcare operations management.

Research Grant

  • "Project Coordinator 項目統籌人: Delivering 21st Century Healthcare in Hong Kong – Building a Quality-and-Efficiency Driven System; 為香港提供21世紀的醫療服務 - 構造一個品質與效率驅動的服務體系", Theme-based Research Scheme (TRS) 主題研究計劃项目 - Research Grant Council (RGC) Hong Kong SAR, China 香港研究資助局 , Amount: HKD 20.45 million 20.45百万港币 (2014-2019) , Team: CityU,CUHK,PolyU,HKU,Columbia:
  • PI: "Topic课题 - 「面向经济、社会和环境协调发展的物流系统基础理论」(项目批准号: 71390335)", Major Project 重大项目「面向经济、社会和环境协调发展的现代物流管理研究」 - National Natural Science Foundation of China , Amount: RMB2.8M/人民币280万元 (2014-2018) , Frank Chen 陳友華, Co-I's at CityU: H.M. Yan, Y.Z. Li, Y.V. Hui, J. Liu
  • PI: "PI: "On a Random Yield Problem with Nonzero Leadtimes", , Amount: $880,800 (2014-2017) , Candi Yano and Quan Yuan
  • PI: "Distribution Requirement Planning and Inventory Policies for a Distribution Supply Chain with a Minimum Order Quantity", GRF - GRC , (2013-2016) , Chen, Zhou and Yang
  • PI: "Models for Production Operations and Emissions Permits Purchasing Decisions in the Presence of Emissions Trading Market", GRF - RGC , (2012-2015) , Chen, Yang
  • PI: "6 RGC Grants ", RGC Earmark - HK Research Council , Amount: 3.5M (2004-2011) , Frank Y Chen


Journal Articles
  • Xue W.L., O., Caliskan-Demirag, Frank Y. Chen and Y. Yang (2017), "Managing Retail Shelf and Backroom Inventories when Demand Depends on Shelf-Stock Level", Production and Operations Management, Forthcoming.
  • Yuan, Q., Chua, G.A., Liu, X., & Chen, Frank (2015), "Unsold versus unbought commitment: minimum total commitment contracts with nonzero setup costs", Production and Operations Management, 24, 11, 1750-1767.
  • Lu.Y., Chen. Y., Song. M., Yan. X. (2015), "Optimal Pricing and Inventory Control Policy with Quantity-Based Price Differentiation", Operations Research, 62, 3, 512-523.
  • Yang, Y., Y. Chen, and Yun Zhou ((Jan-Feb 2014)), "Coordinating Inventory Control and Pricing Strategies Under Batch Ordering", Operations Research, 62, 1, 25-34, (equal contribution).
  • Caliskan-Demirag, O., Y. Chen and Y. Yang (2013), "Production-inventory control policy under warm/cold state-dependent fixed costs and stochastic demand: partial characterization and heuristics", Ann. Operations Research, 208,, 531-556.
  • Chen Y., W. Xue, J. Yang (2013), "Optimal Inventory Policy in the Presence of a Long-Term Supplier and a Spot Market - a Note", Operations Research, 61, 1, 88–97.
  • Chen, Y, Y. Lu, and M. Xu (2012), "Optimal Inventory Control Policy for Periodic-Review Inventory Systems with Inventory-Level-Dependent Demand", Naval Research Logistics, 59, 430–440.
  • Caliskan-Demirag, O., Y. Chen and Y. Yang: (2012), "Ordering Policies for Periodic-Review Inventory Systems with Quantity-Dependent Fixed Costs", Operations Research, 60, 4, 785-796.
  • Gao F., Caliskan-Demirag O., Y. Chen (2012), "Early Sales of Seasonal Products by Weather- Conditional Rebates", Production and Operations Management, 21, 4, 778–794.
  • Pang, Z., Y. Chen and Y. Feng (2012), "A Note on the optimal structure of joint inventory-pricing control with leadtimes", Oper. Res., 60, 3, 581-587.
  • Chen X., Sean Zhou and Y. Chen (2011), "Integration of inventory and pricing decisions with costly price adjustment", Oper. Res., 59, 5, 1144-1158.
  • Feng, Y. and Y. Chen (2011), "A Computational Approach for Optimal Joint Inventory-Pricing Control in an Infinite-Horizon Periodic-Review System", Oper. Res., 59, 5.
  • Chen, FY. Candace A. Yano (2010), "Improving Supply Chain Performance and Managing Risk Under Weather-Related Demand Uncertainty", Management Science, 56, 8.
  • Chen, Y., M.H. Xu, and G. Zhang (2009), "A Risk-Averse Newsvendor Model Under CVaR Decision Criterion.", Oper. Res., 57, 4.
  • Chen, Y. and M. Parlar (2007), "Value of a Put Option to the Risk-averse Newsvendor", IIE Trans, 39, 481-500, 2008 best paper in IIE Transactions on Scheduling and Logistics.
  • Chen, Y., J. Chen, and Y. Xiao (2007), "Optimal Control of Selling Channels for an Online Retailer with Cost-per-Click Payments and Seasonal Products", Production and Operations Management.
  • Chao, X.L., and Frank Y. Chen (2005), "Optimal Production and Shutdown Strategy when Supplier Offers Incentives", Manufacturing \& Service Oper. Management, 7, 2.
  • Chen Y. F., J.K.Ryan, and D. Simchi-Levi (2000), "The Impact of Exponential Smoothing Forecasts on the Bullwhip Effect", Naval Research Logistics, 3.
  • Chen Y. F., Drezner, J.K.Ryan, and D. Simchi-Levi (2000), "Quantifying the Bullwhip Effect in a Simple Supply Chain: The Impact of Forecasting, Leadtimes and Information", Management Science, 46, 3, Google.Scholar Citation count: 1491 (Oct. 28 2013).