• Lima Zhao
  • Associate Professor, NSCIIC
    Executive Director of Supply Chain Finance Center
  • Phone:86-574-8901-0133
  • Email:lima.zhao@nsciic.edu.cn


Dr. Zhao receives his doctorate degree in Supply Chain Management from WHU–Otto Beisheim School of Management, Germany. He is currently an Associate Professor, Executive Director of Supply Chain Finance Center and Academic director of MIT-Ningbo SCM program at NSCIIC and a Research Affiliate at Center of Transportation and Logistics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He was Assistant Professor in Supply Chain Finance at WHU–Otto Beisheim School of Management and a visiting scholar at Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. His research interests include supply chain finance, global supply chain management, working capital management, and risk management. He published a Springer book entitled “Supply Chain Finance”, and a few articles in top academic journals such as EJOR. He is also a reviewer for several international academic journals including POMS and MSOM.


Research Interests

Operations-finance interface, supply chain finance, global supply chain management, working capital management, risk management


Teaching Interests

Operations-finance Interface, Supply Chain Finance, Supply Chain Management, Industrial Excellence, Logistics Systems, Blockchain Technology

Selected Publications

Zhao, L., A. Huchzermeier. (2019a): Managing supplier financial distress with advance payment discount and purchase order financing. Omega (Special Issue on “Finance-Operations Interface Mechanisms and Models”), 88, 77-90, and https://doi.org/10.1016/j.omega.2018.10.019

Zhao, L., A. Huchzermeier. (2019b). Recession Lesson: Tightening Up Working Capital. CFO Magazine, February 26, www.cfo.com/the-economy/2019/02/ready-for-a-recession/

Zhao, L., A. Huchzermeier. (2018a): A Recession Lesson for Working Capital Management. CFO Magazine, September 13, http://ww2.cfo.com/supply-chain/2018/09/recession-lesson-working-capital-management/

Zhao, L., A. Huchzermeier. (2018b): Supply Chain Finance: Integrating Operations and Finance in Global Supply Chains. Springer, 183 p. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-76663-8

• Book in the series “EURO Advanced Tutorials on Operational Research”. Editors: Grazia Speranza, José F. Oliveira

• Endorsements by John Birge (U. Chicago), Hau Lee (Stanford), Jan Van Mieghem (Kellogg), Ralf Seifert (IMD/ EPFL), Xiande Zhao (CEIBS)

Zhao, L., A. Huchzermeier. (2017): Integrated operational and financial hedging with capacity reshoring. European Journal of Operational Research, 260(2), 557‐570, and https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejor.2016.12.036 

Zhao, L., A. Huchzermeier. (2015): Operations-Finance Interface Models: A Literature Review and Framework. European Journal of Operational Research, 244(3), 905-917, and https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejor.2015.02.015