S. Alex Yang


Associate Professor
Management Science and Operations
London Business School

Ph.D., MBA, Booth School of Business, University of Chicago
M.S., Industrial Engineering and Management Science, Northwestern University
B. Eng, Automation, Tsinghua University

Contact information
London Business School
Regent's Park, London NW1 4SA, UK
E-mail: sayang@london.edu
Phone: +44 (0) 207 000 8806
CV, Google Scholar,
SSRN Author Page, LinkedIn, Twitter

Research Interests

My primary research interest is on the interface of operations management and finance. Specific topics include:

       Supply chain finance (e.g., trade credit, reverse factoring, trade credit insurance)

       Managing operations under financial constraints (e.g., bankruptcy)


My other research interests include supply chain management, risk management, business analytics, and platform economy.

Current Research

Cancelability in Trade Credit Insurance, with Nitin Bakshi and Christopher J. Chen, under review. (Download)  


Financial Pooling in a Supply Chain, with Ming Hu and Qu Qian, under review. (Download)  


Financing through Advance Selling: The Role of Social Ties, with Yiangos Papanastasiou and Shuang Xiao, in preparation.  


The Financial Holding Cost of Inventory, with Lei Xie and Xiaoying Liang, in preparation.   


Trade Credit in Supply Chains: Multiple Creditors and Priority Rules, with John R. Birge. (Download)


Trade Credit and Supplier Competition, with Jiri Chod and Evgeny Lyandres, Journal of Financial Economics, forthcoming. (Download)


Trade Credit, Risk Sharing, and Inventory Financing Portfolios, with John Birge, Management Science, forthcoming. (Download)

-        Earlier version titled: How Inventory is (Should be) Financed: Trade Credit in Supply Chains with Demand Uncertainty and Costs of Financial Distress


Sourcing from Suppliers with Financial Constraints and Performance Risk, with Christopher S. Tang and Jing Wu, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, 20(1), 70-84. (Download)


When Customers Anticipate Liquidation Sales: Managing Operations under Financial Distress, with John Birge, Rodney Parker, and Michelle X. Wu, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, 19(4), 657-673. (Download)


Trade Credit in Competition: A Horizontal Benefit, with Heikki Peura and Guoming Lai, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, 19(2), 263-289. (Download)

-        Featured at MSOM Review Blog: Can Lending to Customers Soften Horizontal Competition? (Link)


The Supply Chain Effects of Bankruptcy, with John Birge and Rodney Parker, Management Science, 61(10), 23202338. (Download)


A Model for Tax Advantages of Portfolios with Many Assets, with John Birge, Journal of Banking and Finance, 31, 32693290.




| London Business School Management Science and Operations |