Yinliang (Ricky) Tan

Associate Professor - Area Coordinator in Supply Chain Management

Yinliang (Ricky) Tan


Yinliang (Ricky) Tan is an Associate Professor in the C.T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston. He is also the Bauer Fellow, Area Coordinator in Supply Chain Management, and Executive Director of EDBA program at Bauer College. His CV is available to download here and his personal site can be accessed by the following link .

He received his Ph.D. in Operations Management and Information Systems from the University of Florida. His research is interdisciplinary and he is considered as a "boundary spanner" crossing the areas of operations management and information systems. His research interests include the management of technology, digital goods pricing, business analytics, and supply chain management. His work has been accepted for publication in journals including Management Science, MIS Quarterly, Information Systems Research, Production and Operations Management, Decision Sciences, Human Relations, and other premier academic journals. Currently, he is a Senior Editor at the Production and Operations Management, and Associate Editor at the Decision Science Journal. He is recognized as one of the 40 Most Outstanding Business Professors Under 40 worldwide by Poets & Quants. He has also received the Carol J. Latta Emerging Leadership Award for Outstanding Early Career Scholars by Decision Science Institute.

Ricky has rich teaching experience at undergraduate, graduate, executive, and Ph.D. levels. He has co-designed the curriculum of the Master of Business Analytics program at Tulane University and developed several courses highlighting the experiential learning in the program. His pedagogical research on active learning is also well cited. Based on his teaching performance, he has received several teaching recognitions including Dean's Excellence for Graduate Teaching Award at Tulane University.

Prior to joining Bauer College, Professor Tan has worked at the A.B. Freeman School of Business of Tulane University as an Assistant Professor (2015-2021), and got his confirmation as an Associate Professor with Tenure in 2021. During this time at Tulane University, he received Irving LaValle Early Career Professorship and served as the Executive Director for Goldring Institute of International Business, where he helped facilitating the global partnerships with universities, and industry for degree and non-degree programs, faculty and student exchanges, and research. He has also served on the Freeman School's Dean Search Committee.

Professor Tan is also an avid art lover and historical manuscript collector.

Research Interests

  • Interface between Operations Management and Information Systems
  • Management of technology
  • Digital goods pricing
  • New business models
  • Supply chain management

Academic Associations & Editorial Boards

  • Senior Editor, Production and Operations Management
  • Associate Editor, Decision Science Journal
  • Associate Editor, Information and Management Journal

Contact Info

MH 260E
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Ph.D. in Operations Management and Information Systems, University of Florida
M.S. in Industrial Engineering, University of Florida
B.E. Logistics Engineering, Tongji University