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Shanling Li

Professor, Operations Management
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Email address: 
shanling [dot] li [at] mcgill [dot] ca
Alternate email address: 
gina [dot] ceolin [at] mcgill [dot] ca

Bronfman Building [Map]
1001 rue Sherbrooke Ouest
Montreal, Quebec
H3A 1G5


PhD, Operations Management, University of Texas, Austin, USA
MSc, Industrial Management, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

Operations Management

Shanling Li is Professor of Operations Management/Management Science at Faculty of Management of McGill University, Canada. She served as Associate Dean of Research and International Relations between 2009 and 2013 and Director of Management Science Research Center at the Faculty in the period of 1999-2013. She also served as the area coordinator in management science between 2001 and 2004. She held Kuang Yamin Professorship at Jilin University and visiting positions at Xiamen University and Dalian University of Technology in China where she taught EMBA, PhD and MBA courses. She received her PhD in Operations Management (OM) with minor in Operations Research from University of Texas at Austin in 1991, and MS in Industrial Management from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1985. She has taught a diversity of courses at both undergraduate and graduate levels including Supply Management, Procurement and Distribution, The Internet and Manufacturing; Analysis of Production System; Technology Management; Total Quality Management and Operations Management.

Shanling Li has four active streams of research: (i) integration of OM with finance and marketing; (ii) technology and capacity management under uncertainties; (iii) supply chain management (SCM); and (iv) productivity analysis. The research on the integration of OM and finance focuses on the impact of operational and financial hedging on the choice between overseas and domestic suppliers facing a risk averse-firm. Li also considers the effect of advertising expenditure on pricing as well as market share of two opposite products in centralized and decentralized food chains. The research on technology and capacity management focuses on dynamic technology acquisitions as well as capacity investment planning. In supply chain management, Li focuses on analyzing the interaction between manufacturers and suppliers in a variety of business paradigms. Lastly, Li also conducted varies empirical works to study efficiency and productivity in various industries, including textiles and software. Her works appeared in Management Science (MS), Operations Research (OR), Manufacturing & Service Operations Management (M&SOM), Production and Operations Management (POM), Information Systems Research (ISR), Journal of Operations Management (JOM), European Journal of Operational Research (EJOR), International Journal of Production Research (IJPR), International Journal of Production Economics (IJPE), Journal of the Operational Research Society (JORS), Journal of Productivity Analysis (JPA) and Socio-Economic Planning Sciences (SEPS).

Shanling Li sits on the editorial boards for several journals. Among others, she currently serves as the associate editor for Production and Operations Management and also was an associate editor of IEEE. She served as a referee for many journals including IIE Transactions, IJPE, MS, MISQ OR, POM, EJOR, IJPE and others.


MGSC 415 Supplier Management 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MGSC 615 Procurement and Distribution 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MGCR 472 Operations Management 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

Curriculum vitae: 
Tenured & Tenure Track
Research areas: 
Corporate Social Responsibility
Health Management
Healthcare Collaboration
Helping Quebec Business
International Collaboration
Leadership & Governance
Risk Management
Social Innovation
Sustainable Development
Technology & Innovation
Selected publications: 

Papers in Peer-Reviewed Journals

Gumus, M., S. Li, W. Oh and Ray, S., “Analysis of Online Product Pricing and Shipping Charges”, Production and Operations Management (forthcoming).

Pinsonneault, A., Li. S. and D. Tomiuk, 2010, “Effect of Web Channel and Web Information Richness on Satisfaction and Learning: A Study of Simple and Complex Products”, Systemes d’Information et Management, 4(15), pp. 141-16.

Li, S. and L. Wang, 2010, “Outsourcing and Capacity Planning in an Uncertain Global Environment”, European Journal of Operational Research, 207(1), pp. 131-141.

Li, S., J. Shang and S. Slaughter, 2010, "Why do Software Firms Fail? Capabilities, Competitive Actions and Survival in the Software Industry from 1995 to 2007", Information Systems Research, 21(3), pp. 631-654.

Li, S., Khodabakhshi, M. and G. R. Jahanshahloo, 2009, “Using DEA to Assess Research Productivity of Canadian Business Schools”, Mathematics Scientific Journal, 5(1), pp. 83-12.

Li, S., Murat, E.A. and Huang, W., 2009, “Selection of Contract Suppliers under Price and Demand Uncertainties in a Dynamic Market: A Stochastic Programming Approach”, European Journal of Operational Research, 198(3), November, pp. 830-847.

Song, Y., Ray, S. and Li, S., 2008, “Structural Properties of Buy-Back Contracts for Price- Setting”, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, 10(1), pp. 1-18.

Books and Edited Volumes

Li, S., 1994, Strategic Investment Planning with Technology Choice in Manufacturing Systems, New York: Garland Publishing Inc., ISBN: 0815315945.

Chapters in Books

Li, S., Zhang, D. and Zhang, W., “A Study of Corporate Social Responsibility on Promoting Healthy Food by 12 Giant Food Companies (1980 – 2008)”, 2009, Obesity Prevention: The Role of Society and Brain on Individual Behavior, edited by Dube, L., Bechara, A., Dagher, A., Drewnowski, A., LeBel, J., James, P., Richard, D. and Yada, R.

Cooper, W.W., Li, S., Seiford, L.M. and Zhu, J., 2004, “Sensitivity Analysis in DEA”, DEA Handbook, edited by W.W. Cooper, L.M. Seiford and J. Zhu, Kluwer Academic Publisher. ISBN: 978-4020-7797-5.

Li, S. and Tirupati, D., 1992, "Technology Selection and Capacity Planning for Manufacturing Systems", Intelligent Design and Manufacturing, edited by Andrew Kusiak, pp. 259-288, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., ISBN: 978-0471534730.

Awards, honours, and fellowships: 


2010: Best Paper Award, "Why do Software Firms Fail? Capabilities, Competitive Actions, and Firm Survival in the Software Industry from 1995 to 2007, Information Systems Research, 21(3), pp. 631-654.

2009-2012: Kuang Yamin Chair Professor (Honorary Appointment), Jilin University. 

1998: Distinguished Visiting Scholar Awards, National Natural Science Foundation of China, July

1983-1985: National Scholarship, the Ministry of Education, People's Republic of China, 

1982: United Nations Scholarship for Developing Countries, United Nations




2012-2015: FQRNT Team Grant; Topic: Approches fondées sur l’optimisation stochastique et les simulations afin d’atténuer le risque lié aux approvisionnements en médicaments contre le cancer

2010-2011: CPRF (Canadian Research Purchasing Foundation); Topic: Strategic Sourcing Considering Suppliers’ Quality

2011-2012: CIHR-India Team Grant; Topic Foundational Work for a Brain-to-Society Diagnostic for Prevention of Childhood Obesity and its Chronic Diseases Consequences

2010-2013: FQRSC Team Grant; Topic: Comportement du consommateur et dynamique de production, distribution et compétition en alimention: équilibrer la santé, le plaisir et les affaires, à court et à long terme

2009-2014: NSERC Individual Research (Discovery) Grant; Topic: Integrated Operational and Financial Hedging in Outsourced and Insourced Supply Chains

2004-2009: NSERC Individual Research (Discovery) Grant: Topic: Strategic Airline Capacity Planning in the Presence of Dynamic Changing Demand and Random Events

2000-2004: NSERC Individual Research (Discovery) Grant; Topic: Capacity Expansion, Supplier Choice and Productivity Performance in High Tech Industries

1996-2000: Individual Research (Discovery) Grant from Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada; Topic: Capacity, Technology, Operations and Information Decisions in a Stochastic Environment

1992-1996: NSERC Individual Research (Discovery) Grant; Topic: Multi-Product Capacity and Technology Planning Problem with Stochastic and Dynamic Demands

1994-1995: NSERC Individual Research Equipment Grant” Topic: Multi-Product Capacity and Technology Planning Problem with Stochastic and Dynamic Demands

1994-1997: FQRSC Individual New Researcher Grant; Topic: Capacity, Technology, Operations and Information Decisions in a Stochastic Environment

Individual Faculty Small Research Grants;
1996: Topic: Choices of Technology and Distribution Channel

1994: Topic: Multi-job Cutting Stock Problem with Due Dates and Release Dates

1993: Topic: Jobs and Tool Sequencing in an Automated Manufacturing Environment

Individual Researcher Grant from National Natural Science Foundation, China:
1998: Topic: Operations Research / Operations Management Research Projects