Hau Lee


Hau serves as Chairman of SCM World, where he shares his insights and experiences as a leading supply chain academic. He specialises in supply chain management, information technology, global logistics, system design, inventory planning and manufacturing strategy.

He is the Thoma Professor of Operations, Information & Technology at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, the Founding Director of the Stanford Global Supply Chain Management Forum and the Faculty Director of the Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies. In addition to his academic experience, Hau co-founded DemandTec, an optimisation application that went public in 2007.

Hau has been published widely in journals such as Management Science, Operations Research, Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, Supply Chain Management Review, IIE Transactions,and Interfaces, etc. He has served on the editorial boards of many international journals, such as Operations Research, Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, IIE Transactions, Supply Chain Management Review, Sloan Management Review, and the J. of Production and Operations Management. From 1997-2003, he was the Editor-in-Chief of Management Science.

He received the Harold Lardner Prize for International Distinction in Operations Research, Canadian Operations Research Society, 2003. He was elected a Fellow of Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, 2001; Production and Operations Management Society, 2005; and INFORMS, 2005. In 2006-7, he was the President of the Production and Operations Management Society. His article, “The Triple-A Supply Chain,” was the Second Place Winner of the McKinsey Award for the Best Paper in 2004 in the Harvard Business Review. In 2004, his co-authored paper in 1997, “Information Distortion in a Supply Chain: The Bullwhip Effect,” was voted as one of the ten most influential papers in the history of Management Science.

Hau Lee has consulted extensively for companies such as Nokia, Microsoft, Qualcomm, KLA-Tencor, Hewlett-Packard Company, Bay Networks, Savi Technology, Nortel Networks, SUN Microsystems, Apple Computer, IBM, Lucent Technologies, General Motors, Xilinx Corp., Accenture, Eli Lilly and Company, Booz-Allen and Hamilton, Raychem Corp., McKesson and Motorola. He is a co-founder of several supply chain and price optimisation software companies: Evant, DemandTec, SignalDemand and TrueDemand; and is on the board and advisory board of several logistics services and supply chain software companies. He has also given executive training workshops on supply chain management and global logistics in Asia, Europe and America.

Hau holds a PhD in Operations Research from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Science degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is based in Los Altos, California.