S. Alex Yang

Associate Professor of Management Science and Operations

BS (Tsinghua) MS (Northwestern) PhD MBA (Chicago)

Alex’s main area of expertise is supply chain and trade finance, FinTech, and the interactions of operations, finance and technology. His recent work focuses on innovations in platform governance and operations. His research has appeared in top management and finance academic journals, including Management Science, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, and the Journal of Financial Economics. He also holds editorial positions at several prestigious international academic journals.

Beyond academic research, Alex regularly shares his views in popular media. His perspectives have been featured in major news outlets, including Bloomberg, The Economist, Financial Times, Forbes, and The Washington Post. He has also been interviewed and quoted by the BBC, CNBC, and The New York Times, among others.

Alex teaches a wide range of classes in MBA, EMBA and executive programs, both in English and Chinese. His teaching expertise covers business analytics, digital technology, supply chain/value chain management, business resilience, supply chain finance and FinTech. He is the recipient of multiple teaching awards, including the 2021 EMBA Best Teacher Award at London Business School.

Alex has consulted for and collaborated with companies including United Airlines, Citadel Investment Group, Didi Chuxing, and Alibaba Group. He has also served as an international consultant at Asian Development Bank, specializing in trade finance and FinTech. He is currently working with companies in the areas of supply chain finance, FinTech, platform governance, and business analytics.

Alex talks about his research on using crowd-judging for platform conflict resolution. Click here to read the paper

Alex’s first stream of research focuses on the interaction of financial and operational decisions in supply chains, including:

  • Trade credit and supply chain finance
  • Managing supply chain operations under financial constraints
  • FinTech and Financial Innovation

Alex’s second stream of research is on innovations of platform governance and operations, including:

  • The role of technology (especially blockchain) in the platform economy
  • Decentralized platform governance
  • Contract innovation in platforms Alex’s other research interests include value chain management and innovation, risk management, and business analytics.


Crowd-judging on two-sided platforms: an analysis of in-group bias

Kwan A P; Yang S A; Zhang A H

Management Science 2023 In Press

Improving Dispute Resolution in Two-Sided Platforms: The Case of Review Blackmail

Papanastasiou Y; Yang S A; Zhang A H

Management Science 2023 In Press


Dynamic Trade Finance in the Presence of Information Frictions and FinTech

Lee H; Tang C; Yang S A; Zhang Y

Manufacturing & Service Operations Management 2022 In Press

Inventory financing under Risk-Adjusted-Return-On-Capital criterion

Zhang Y; Li P; Yang S A; Huang S

Naval Research Logistics 2022 Vol 69:1 p 92-109

Platform Tokenization: Financing, Governance, and Moral Hazard

Chod J; Trichakis N; Yang S A

Management Science 2022 Vol 68:9 p 6411-6433


Trade credit insurance: operational value and contract choice

Yang S A; Bakshi N; Chen C J

Management Science 2021 Vol 67:2 p 875-891


Trade credit in supply chains: multiple creditors and priority rules

Yang S A; Birge J R

Foundations and Trends in Technology, Information and Operations Management 2020 Vol 14:1-2 p 5-22


Financing suppliers under performance risk

Tang C S; Yang S A; Wu J

Foundations and Trends in Technology, Information and Operations Management 2019 Vol 12:2-3 p 135-151

Trade credit and supplier competition

Chod J; Lyandres E; Yang S A

Journal of Financial Economics 2019 Vol 131:2 p 484-505


Sourcing from suppliers with financial constraints and performance risk

Tang C S; Yang S A; Wu J

Manufacturing & Service Operations Management 2018 Vol 20:1 p 70-84

Trade credit, risk sharing, and inventory financing portfolios

Yang S A; Birge J R

Management Science 2018 Vol 64:8 p 3469-3970


Can small firms survive and benefit from delayed payments?

Yang S A

London Business School Review 2017 16 October

Trade credit in competition: a horizontal benefit

Peura H; Yang S A; Lai G

Manufacturing & Service Operations Management 2017 Vol 19:2 p 263-289

When customers anticipate liquidation sales: managing operations under financial distress

Birge JR; Parker R P; Wu M X; Yang SA

Manufacturing & Service Operations Management 2017 Vol 19:4 p 657-673


The supply chain effects of bankruptcy

Yang S A; Birge J; Parker R

Management Science 2015 Vol 61:10 p 2320-2338


A model of taxable portfolio with many assets

Birge J R; Yang S

Journal of Banking and Finance 2007 Vol 31 p 3269-3290


Advance selling to ease financial distress

Papanastasiou Y; Xiao S; Yang S A

Social Sciences Research Network

Capacity expansion in service platforms: financing vs. employment

Peura H; Yang S A

Social Sciences Research Network

The role of FinTech in mitigating information friction in supply chain finance

Lee H-H; Yang S A; Kim K

Social Sciences Research Network


Financing inventory under bank capital regulation and seller orchestration

Zhang Y; Huang S; Yang S A

Social Sciences Research Network


Financial pooling in a supply chain

Hu M; Qian Q; Yang S A

Social Sciences Research Network

Teaching portfolio

Our teaching offering is updated annually. Faculty and programme material are subject to change.