Erick Li

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Associate Professor

Rm 4159
H70 - Abercrombie Building
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

Telephone +61 2 9114 0751
Fax +61 2 9351 6409


Erick (Zhaolin) Li received a Ph.D. in Business Administration from The Pennsylvania State University, a Master of Commerce in Accounting from The University of New South Wales, and a Bachelor of Engineering in Materials Science & Industrial Engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Dr. Li has been with The University of Sydney Business School since January 2009. Before moving to Sydney, he had worked in Ernst & Young LLP, Southern Arkansas University, and City University of Hong Kong.

His research interests spans two areas of interest: supply chain management (SCM) and the interfaces between operations management (OM) and other areas. He has published research articles in Decision Sciences, Management Science, and Production & Operations Management.

Dr. Li is among Asia’s top scholars in Operations Management, according to Babbar et al., (2017) that was published in the International Journal of Production Economics. The study done by Babbar et al. (2017) is the first of its kind to look at the origins of operations management research leadership in Asia. Noting that their use of the word ‘Asian’ refers to the location of the authors, not their ethnicity, the study identifies the leading authors and institutions from the region (including Australasia) and maps their networks. Its findings are based on data of all papers published in the Journal of Operations Management (JOM), International Journal of Operations and Production Management (IJOPM) and Production and Operations Management (POM) from 2001 through 2015 – a total of 420 papers. These journals were chosen because they are considered to be broad in scope and rated highest on the measure of relevancy in the field of operations management.

Dr. Li is also among the top 25 Supply Chain Management (SCM) scholars of Asia, according to a subsequent study done by Babbar et al., (2018). Their research is based on data of all papers published in the seven leading journals: Journal of Operations Management (JOM), Production and Operations Management (POM), International Journal of Operations and Production Management (IJOPM), Manufacturing and Service Operations Management (MSOM), Journal of Supply Chain Management (JSCM), Journal of Business Logistics (JBL), and Supply Chain Management: An International Journal (SCMIJ) over the 15-year period of 2001–2015.

Research Interests

Dr. Li’s primary research field is Operations Management (OM), which is the art and science of utilising available resources to maximise the operational efficiency of organisations. The ultimate goal is to create quality goods and services and to deliver them to customers at low cost. His research applies optimisation techniques and game theory to address practical challenges that an operational manager might face. For example, his research has considered procurement contract design with the presence of moral hazard and adverse selection, retail assortment planning with product substitution, and inventory management in the presence of technology obsolescence.

By collaborating with The University of Sydney Informatics Hub and Westmead Hospital, one of his recent projects developed a software that can replace the highly laborious task of selecting the most cost-effective pharmaceuticals to procure under complex rebate contracts.

Selected publications


Journal Articles

Chan R, Li E, and Matsypura D (2019) Assortment optimisation problem: A distribution-free approach OMEGA International Journal of Management Science, Published online: 19 June 2019. [More Information]

Li E, Ryan J, Shao L, and Sun D (2019) Incentive-Compatible in Dominant Strategies Mechanism Design for an Assembler under Asymmetric Information Production and Operations Management, 28 (2), 479-496. [More Information]


Journal Articles

Li E, Ryan J, and Sun D (2017) Selling through outlets: The impact of quality, product development risk, and market awareness International Journal of Production Economics, 186, 71-80. [More Information]

Li Z, and Fu Q (2017) Robust inventory management with stock-out substitution International Journal of Production Economics, 193, 813-826. [More Information]


Journal Articles

Li E, Lu Q, and Talebian M (2015) Online versus bricks-and-mortar retailing: a comparison of price, assortment and delivery time International Journal of Production Research, 53 (13), 3823-3835. [More Information]

Li E, Shao L, and Sun D (2015) Designing Multi-Attribute Procurement Mechanisms for Assortment Planning Decision Sciences, 46 (3), 597-622. [More Information]

Li Z, and Shao L (2015) Time-based procurement International Journal of Production Economics, 169, 350-361. [More Information]

Li Z, Ryan J, and Sun D (2015) Multi-attribute procurement contracts International Journal of Production Economics, 159, 137-146. [More Information]

Li Z, Ryan J, Shao L, and Sun D (2015) Supply Contract Design for Competing Heterogeneous Suppliers under Asymmetric Information Production and Operations Management, 24 (5), 791-807. [More Information]


Journal Article

Gao L, Li E, and Shou B (2014) Information Acquisition and Voluntary Disclosure in an Export-Processing System Production and Operations Management, 23 (5), 802-816. [More Information]


Conference Proceeding

Li E, and Tong S (2013) A business interruption insurance model 11th ANZAM Operations, Supply Chain and Services Management Symposium; Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM), Brisbane.


Journal Articles

Dai T, Li E, and Sun D (2012) Equity-based incentives and supply chain buy-back contracts Decision Sciences, 43 (4), 661-685. [More Information]

Li E, and Sun D (2012) Acquisition and Disclosure of Operational Information Decision Sciences, 43 (3), 459-487. [More Information]

Li E, Tao F, and Sun D (2012) On jointly optimising the changes of seasonable goods and inventory replenishment International Journal of Systems Science, 43 (6), 1064-1076. [More Information]


Journal Articles

Li E, and Tao F (2010) On determining optimal fleet size and vehicle transfer policy for a car rental company Computers and Operations Research, 37 (2), 341-350. [More Information]

Sun D, Li E, and Hayya J (2010) The Optimal Format to Sell a Product through the Internet: Posted Price, Auction, and Buy-Price Auction International Journal of Production Economics, 127 (1), 147-157. [More Information]

Conference Proceeding

Li E (2010) Corporate Myopia, Forecast Precision, and Production Planning 2010 IEEE International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management (IEEM); Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), United States. [More Information]


Journal Article

Li E, and Gao L (2008) The Effects of Sharing Upstream Information on Product Rollover Production and Operations Management, 17 (5), 522-531. [More Information]


Journal Articles

Li E (2007) A Single-Period Assortment Optimization Model Production and Operations Management, 16 (3), 369-380.

Xu S, and Li E (2007) Managing a Periodic Review Single Product Assemble-to-order System with Technological Innovations Management Science, 53 (9), 1467-1485. [More Information]


Journal Articles

Fong D, Fu H, and Li E (2004) Efficiency in Shortage Reduction When Using a More Expensive Common Component Computers and Operations Research, 31 (1), 123-138. [More Information]

Li E, Xu S, and Hayya J (2004) A Periodic-Review Inventory System with Supply Interruptions Probability in the Engineering and Informational Sciences, 18 (1), 33-53. [More Information]

Selected grants



Recent Units Taught

  • BUSS1020 Quantitative Business Analysis

  • QBUS2330 Operations Management

  • QBUS2350 Project Planning and Management

  • QBUS3320 Supply Chain Management

  • QBUS6310 Business Operations Analysis

Newsroom articles

  • Sydney Uni software helps hospitals cut medicine bill 25 Jul 2018

    The Australian

    The Australian reported on a software platform developed by Dr Erick Li in the Business School and Dr Aldo Saavedra in the Faculty of Health Sciences that could save hospitals money by simplifying drug purchases.

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