Yingchao  Lan

Yingchao Lan

PhD Candidate
Graduate Teaching Associate

Management Sciences


Yingchao Lan is a doctoral candidate in the operations management area at the Fisher College of Business at Ohio State University. She received both her master’s degree in Management Science and Engineering and her bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Beihang University (previously known as Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics). Her work experience includes stints at KPMG, Mercer, and Lenovo. At Lenovo, her last job prior to pursuing her PhD had her responsible for both cross-functional coordination (Marketing, R&D and Global Supply Chain) as well as coordination with key suppliers.

Strongly associated with her industrial experience, Yingchao’s research interest lies in understanding the operational challenges and benefits associated with collaboration across organizational boundaries. For her dissertation, she is empirically examining these challenges employing the lens of social network theory in two contexts: healthcare delivery networks and product development networks.


M.S. in Management Science and Engineering, Beihang University, 2009B.E. in Industrial Engineering, Beihang University, 2007


Finalist, Best Student Paper in Academy of Management Conference - OSCM DivisionFinalist, Best Paper in Supply Chain Management, Institute for Supply Management, 2016 (Academy of Management Conference)Finalist, 30th Edward F. Hayes Graduate Research Forum, Ohio State University, 2016Best Reviewer, Academy of Management Conference, 2015


 Fisher College of Business Risk Institute Research Funding ($10,000), 2015 (Collaborators: John Gray & Brett Massimino) Ohio State University Small Grant ($1,000), 2017 (Collaborator: Aravind Chandrasekaran) Samsung Research Scholarship for top 1% research scholars, Beihang University, 2009 People’s Scholarship for top 2% undergraduate students, Beihang University, 2004-07 2nd prize of BeiHang “FengRu Cup” Extracurricular Technical Competition for top 1%


BUSMGT 3230: Introduction to Operations Management: Improving Competitiveness in Organizations