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Dr. YU Yimin


Associate Professor

7-273, Lau Ming Wai Academic Building, City University of Hong Kong
+852 34424781
+852 34420189
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Research Areas

Inventory Models
Emerging Supply Chain Strategies
The Interface of Operations Management and Marketing
Behavior Models


PhD - Industrial Engineering (University of Minnesota)


Yimin Yu received his Ph.D. degree from University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. His research focuses on supply chain management and service operations. This includes topics on optimal design of inventory-production systems and  emerging supply chain and pricing strategies. His research work has been published in leading business journals including Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, Marketing Science, Operations Research, and Production and Operations Management. His papers can be downloaded from this page: His current research projects explore how incomplete information affects business strategies, including the robustness of  microeconomic models in the presence of model uncertainty, and data driven decision-making.



Award TitleInstitution
Finalist, INFORMS JFIG paper competitionINFORMS
IIE Pritsker Doctoral Dissertation AwardIIE

Research Grants

PI: "Robust Salesforce Compensation with Inventory Considerations", GRF - Hong Kong Research Grants Council,, Amount: $ 385,200 (2018-2020), Yimin Yu

co-PI: "Safety, Reliability, and Disruption Management of High Speed Rail and Metro Systems", Theme-based Research Scheme - Hong Kong Research Grants Council, Amount: 40,845,000 HKD (2016-2020), Tsui et. al.

PI: "Managing Capacitated Multi-Echelon Supply Chains", GRF - Hong Kong Research Grants Council, Amount: 350,000 HKD (2015-2017), Yimin Yu and Saif Benjaafar

PI: "Managing Perishable Food Processing Supply Chains", GRF - Hong Kong Research Grants Council, Amount: 378,789 HKD (2014-2016), Yimin Yu

Administrative Assignments

9/2018 - 6/2020MSc. in Operations and Supply Chain Management (MSc. OSCM)Program Leader

External Academic Activities

1/2019 - NowService Science (INFORMS)United States of AmericaAssociate Editor


Journal Publications and Reviews

Liu, Hanlin; YU, Yimin; Benjaafar, Saif; Wang, Huihui / Price-Directed Cost Sharing and Demand Allocation among Service Providers with Multiple Demand Sources and Multiple Facilities. June 2020; In: Manufacturing and Service Operations Management.

YU, Yimin; KONG, Xiangyin / Robust Contract Designs: Linear Contracts and Moral Hazard. April 2020; In: Operations Research.

Shen, Xiaobei; Yu, Yimin / Capacity Allocation with Multiple Suppliers and Multiple Demand Classes. November 2019; In: Production and Operations Management. Vol. 28, No. 11, pp. 2792-2807

Shen, Xiaobei; Bao, Lina; Yu, Yimin; Hua, Zhongsheng / Managing Supply Chains with Expediting and Multiple Demand Classes. May 2019; In: Production and Operations Management. Vol. 28, No. 5, pp. 1129–1148

Benjaafar, Saif; Chen, David; Yu, Yimin / Optimal policies for inventory systems with concave ordering costs. September 2018; In: Naval Research Logistics. Vol. 65, No. 4, pp. 291-302

Shen, Xiaobei; Bao, Lina; Yu, Yimin / Coordinating Inventory and Pricing Decisions with General Price-Dependent Demands. July 2018; In: Production and Operations Management. Vol. 27, No. 7, pp. 1355-1367

Bao, Lina; Liu, Zhiying; Yu, Yimin; Zhang, Wei / On the decomposition property for a dynamic inventory rationing problem with multiple demand classes and backorder. February 2018; In: European Journal of Operational Research. Vol. 265, No. 1, pp. 99-106

Yang, Yi; Yu, Yimin; Huang, Tingliang / Myopic Analysis for Multi-Echelon Inventory Systems with Batch Ordering and Nonstationary/Time-Correlated Demands. January 2017; In: Production and Operations Management. Vol. 26, No. 1, pp. 31-46

Dong, Maggie Chuoyan; Liu, Zhiqiang; Yu, Yimin; Zheng, Jin-Hui / Opportunism in distribution networks: The role of network embeddedness and dependence. October 2015; In: Production and Operations Management. Vol. 24, No. 10, pp. 1657-1670

Yu, Yimin; Benjaafar, Saif; Gerchak, Yigal / Capacity Sharing and Cost Allocation among Independent Firms with Congestion. August 2015; In: Production and Operations Management. Vol. 24, No. 8, pp. 1285-1310

Hua, Zhongsheng; Yu, Yimin; Zhang, Wei; Xu, Xiaoyan / Structural properties of the optimal policy for dual-sourcing systems with general lead times. March 2015; In: IIE Transactions (Institute of Industrial Engineers). Vol. 47, No. 8, pp. 841-850

Huang, Tingliang; Yu, Yimin / Sell probabilistic goods? a behavioral explanation for opaque selling. September 2014; In: Marketing Science. Vol. 33, No. 5, pp. 743-759

Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works

Yimin, Yu; Benjaafar, Saif / A customer-item decomposition approach to stochastic inventory systems with correlation. 2008; IIE Annual Conference and Expo 2008. pp. 1964-1967

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