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Can Zhang

Associate Professor of Business Administration
Fuqua School of Business


Can Zhang’s is an Associate Professor in the Operations Management area at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. His research studies sustainable and socially responsible operations with a special focus on emerging economies and underserved populations. Specifically, in close collaboration with industry partners, he develops analytical models to study resource allocation, supply chain management, and incentive alignment problems that arise in the health and humanitarian contexts and in developing and emerging economies. His recent and ongoing research includes blood supply chains, resource allocation in nonprofit and public sectors, healthcare delivery to underserved populations, and agricultural supply chains in developing countries. He has won multiple research awards, including the MSOM Award for Responsible Research in OM, the MSOM Student Paper Competition, the MSOM Practice-Based Research Competition, and the INFORMS Doing Good with Good OR Student Paper Competition. He is also among the finalists for the INFORMS Franz Edelman Award, the INFORMS George Nicholson Student Paper Competition, and the INFORMS Health Applications Society Pierskalla Best Paper Award.

At Fuqua, Prof. Zhang teaches Operations Management for the Daytime MBA program. Prior to joining Fuqua, he received a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2018 and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Tsinghua University in 2012.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Associate Professor of Business Administration · 2023 - Present Fuqua School of Business
Assistant Professor of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics · 2020 - Present Biostatistics & Bioinformatics, Basic Science Departments
Affiliate, Duke Global Health Institute · 2019 - Present Duke Global Health Institute, University Institutes and Centers

Education, Training & Certifications

Georgia Institute of Technology · 2018 Ph.D.
Tsinghua University (China) · 2012 B.S.