Xiang (Sean) Wan

Associate Professor of Logistics

Marketing & Logistics


Dr. Xiang(Sean) Wan serves as an associate professor in the Department of Marketing and Logistics, Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University. He has held previous faculty appointments at the University of Tennessee and Marquette University.

Dr. Wan holds a PhD in Business Administration with a major inSupply Chain Management from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, where he earned Top 15% Teaching Awards in 2009 and 2010 at the Robert H. Smith School of Business as well as the Krowe Award for Teaching Excellence in 2010 and the Allan N. Nash Award for outstanding doctoral student in 2011.

Dr. Wan’s research interests include product and service variety management, inventory management, supply chain coordination. His research work has been published in highly recognized global publications including Strategic Management Journal, Production and Operations Management, Journal of Operations Management, Decision Sciences Journal and the Journal of Business Logistics, among other publications. 

Dr. Wan’s research impacts both academia and industry.  In 2012, he received the Doctoral Dissertation Award from the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals.  Additionally, one of his papers was cited and discussed in the practitioner article, “SKU Proliferation: Too Much or Not Enough?” published at Deloitte University Press.

Furthermore, an article from the Wall Street Journal recognized Wan as one of "12 Academic Experts [Who] Make Sense of Consumer-Centric Big Data with Adaptive Analytics."

Areas of Expertise

Logistics/Supply Chain Management

  • Distribution Systems
  • Inventory Management
  • Transportation
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Logistics Operations Management


  • Ph.D. University of Maryland, Smith School of Business, College Park, MD
  • M.S. Xi’an Jiaotong University, School of Economics and Finance, Xi’an, China
  • B.S. Nanchang University, Information Engineering School, Nanchang, China


Xiang Wan. forthcoming. What Happened to Inventory and Cost after a Vertical Integration? A Longitudinal Analysis Considering Demand Uncertainty. International Journal of Production Research.

Xiang Wan, Martin Dresner, Philip Evers. 2018. How Do Delivery Variety Decisions Contribute to Sales? Decision Sciences Vol. 49(6), 1024-1060.

Nada Sanders, Xiang Wan. 2018. Mitigating Forecast Errors from Product Variety through Information Sharing. International Journal of Production Research Vol. 56(12), 4356-4367.

Yue Maggie Zhou, Xiang Wan. 2017. Product Variety, Sourcing Complexity, and The Bottleneck Of Coordination. Strategic Management Journal Vol. 38(8), 1569–1587.

Xiang Wan, Nada Sanders. 2017. The negative impact of product variety: Forecast bias, inventory levels, and the role of vertical integration. International Journal of Production Economics Vol.186, 123–131.

Yue Maggie Zhou, Xiang Wan. 2017. Product Variety and Vertical Integration. Strategic Management Journal Vol.38(5), 1134-1150. 

Na Xu, Shizhen Bai, Xiang Wan. 2017. Adding Pay-on-Delivery to Pay-to-Order: The Value of Two Payment Schemes to Online Sellers. Electronic Commerce Research and Applications Vol.21(1), 27-37.

Xiang Wan. 2016. Timing of the Effects: A Dynamic Analysis of Pack-Size Variety, Demand, and Cost. Journal of Business Logistics Vol.37(3), 271-283.

Xiang Wan, Xiaowen Huang, and Yan Dong. 2016. The Moderating Role of Product Categories in the Relationship between Online Fulfillment, Procurement, and Consumer Repurchase Intention: A Hierarchical Analysis. Journal of Supply Chain Management Vol.52(4), 63-76.

Mark Cotteleer, Xiang Wan. 2016. Does The Starting Point Matter? The Literature-Driven And The Phenomenon-Driven Approaches Of Using Corporate Archival Data in Academic Research. Journal of Business Logistics Vol.37(1), 26-33.

Yan Dong, Kefeng Xu, Yi Xu, and Xiang Wan. 2016. Quality Management in Multi-Level Supply Chains with Outsourced Manufacturing. Production and Operations Management Vol.25(2), 290-305.

Xiang Wan, Martin Dresner. 2015. Closing the Loops: An Empirical Analysis of the Dynamic Decisions Affecting Product Variety. Decision Sciences Journal Vol.46(6), 1141-1164.

Xiang Wan, Martin Dresner, and Philip Evers. 2014. Assessing the Dimensions of Product Variety on Performance: The Value of Product Line and Pack Size. Journal of Business Logistics Vol.35(3), 213-224.

Xiang Wan, Philip Evers, and Martin Dresner. 2012. Too Much of a Good Thing? The Impact of Product Variety on Operations and Sales Performance. Journal of Operations Management Vol. 30(4), 316-324.

Philip Evers, Xiang Wan. 2012. System Analysis using Simulation. Journal of Business Logistics Vol.33(2), 80-89.

Xiang Wan and Philip Evers. 2011. Supply Chains Networks with Multiple Retailers: A Test of Emerging Theory on Inventories, Stockouts, and Bullwhips. Journal of Business Logistics Vol.32 (1), 27-39.

Xiang Wan, Li Zou, and Martin Dresner. 2009. Assessing the Price Effects of Airline Alliances on Parallel Routes. Transportation Research, Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review Vol. 45(4), 627-641. (Research award from the Transportation Research Forum (TRF) Foundation)

Xiang Wan, 2004. Comparative Analysis of Supermarkets and Convenience Shops in China. China Market Modern Business Vol. 2, 57-60. (in Chinese)

Xiang Wan, 2004. Consumption, Fashion and Brand. Commercial Research Vol. 13, 31-32. (in Chinese)


  • BUSML 4380 - Advanced Logistics Management

    Advanced coverage of the concepts and methods used to plan and manage logistics activities in a business environment; in-depth understanding of the components of logistics management and tradeoffs required to manage the integrated flow of goods. Prereq: 3380, and AcctMIS 2200 (211), 2300 (212), and BusMGT 2320 (330), 2321 (331); and BusMHR 2291 or 2292 (BusADM 499.01).

  • BUSML 4382 - Logistics Analytics

    Will equip student with the tools and skills necessary to recognize, analyze and solve significant problems in the operation of a logistics system through the application of techniques using spreadsheet analysis, optimization and simulation. Prereq: 4380, BusMgt 2320 (330), 2321 (331), and BusMHR 2292 (BusAdm 499.01). Not open to students with credit for 781.

  • BUSML 7380 - Strategic Logistics Management

    Develop an understanding of key drivers of logistics performance and their inter-relationships with strategy and other functional areas. Focus on developing analytic, problem-solving, and cost trade-off management skills. Prereq: Enrollment in MBA, MBLE, or MAcc.