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Jun Ru

Assistant Professor
Operations Management and Strategy Department


PhD, Operations Management, School of Management, The University of Texas at Dallas
MSc, Supply Chain Management, School of Management, The University of Texas at Dallas
MSc, Operational Research, School of Management, Lancaster University, UK
BEng, Mechanical and Power Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, P.R. China


  • Operations Management
  • Supply Chain Management 
  • Production and Inventory Control
  • Logistics and Distribution


  • Supply Chain Management
  • Retail Operations
  • Operations-Marketing Interface
  • Operations-Finance Interface

Jun Ru has a deep interest in research and teaching supply chain management. His current research focuses on new business practices and trends in the retail industry, including consignment, emergence of power retailer, vendor-managed inventory, store brand introduction, direct marketing and e-business. In particular, he has investigated how inventory decision-making, market power, supply chain contract and customers' loyalty affect the interactions between firms in the supply chain. Recently, he has been working on developing mechanisms to resolve the information asymmetry that has been a dilemma commonly faced by Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs).

Selected Publications

Ru, J. and Y. Wang (2010). Consignment contracting: who should control inventory in the supply chain? European Journal of Operational Research. 201(3), 760-769.

Shi, R., J. Zhang, J. Ru (2013). Impacts of power structure on supply chains with uncertain demand. Production and Operations Management. 22 (5), 1232-1249.

Fang, X., J. Ru, Y. Wang (2013). Optimal procurement design of an assembly supply chain with information asymmetry. Forthcoming in Production and Operations Management.

Awards and Recognition

  • Student Teaching Award Finalist, School of Management, The University of Texas at Dallas, Fall 2009.

Professional Affiliations

  • Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS)
  • Manufacturing and Service Operations Management Society (MSOM)
  • Production and Operations Management Society (POMS)
  • Decision Science Institute (DSI)
  • American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS)

Industry Experience

Before starting his academic career, Ru has multiple years of industry experience in various functional areas from manufacturing to marketing to consulting.

  • Worked in quality management, sales and operations planning, product marketing and customer relationship management for companies like Volkswagen, Bosch and Textron.
  • Consulting projects: Analyzed market entry opportunity and designed sales channel structure for two Fortune 500 companies.