Zhixin (Jason) Liu, Ph.D.

Professor, Decision Sciences
Head shot of Zhixin (Jason) Liu
College of Business
Department of Management Studies
Decision Sciences
126 Fairlane Center South | 19000 Hubbard Drive | Dearborn, MI 48126

Teaching Areas:

BBA, MBA, MS-Business Analytics, MS-Supply Chain Management

Research Areas:

Modeling and Optimization, Supply chain management

Biography and Education

Zhixin Liu, Ph.D., Professor of Decision Science at the University of Michigan-Dearborn College of Business. He received a B.S. degree in Computational Mathematics from Nankai University, an M.S. degree in Operations Research from Tsinghua University, and a Ph.D. degree in Operations Management from Ohio State University. He is a member of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) and the Production and Operations Management Society (POMS). He teaches courses such as Quantitative Model and Analysis, Supply Chain Management, Applied Statistical Modeling, Management Science, Applied Forecasting, and Decision Analysis at both undergraduate and graduate levels. He teaches both on-campus and online courses.


Dr. Liu's research interests include scheduling, capacity allocation, and pricing, specifically those with game issues. His work has been published in Operations Research, Production and Operations Management, INFORMS Journal on Computing, Games and Economic Behavior, Naval Research Logistics, IISE Transactions, Decision Sciences, Journal of Banking and Finance, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Operations Research Letters, Journal of Scheduling, European Journal of Operational Research, Journal of the Operational Research Society, OMEGA: The International Journal of Management Science, International Journal of Production Research, International Journal of Production Economics, Computers & Operations Research, Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting, etc. He is on the Editorial Review Board for Production and Operations Management.

Dr. Liu has received summer research support from the College of Business every academic year since joining the college in 2007. He is the recipient of the College of Business Distinguished Performance in Service Award in 2021, the College of Business Distinguished Performance in Research Award in 2020, and the College of Business Researcher of the Year Awards in 2015 and 2019.


Ohio State University

Selected Publications

Recent publications (Since 2007)

  1. Hall, N.G., Liu, Z., “Opponent choice in tournaments: winning and shirking,” Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports, Accepted 12/15/2023.
  2. Zhu, Y., Liu, Z., Qi, X., “Dynamic appointment scheduling with a random number of requests,” Production and Operations Management, Accepted 10/21/2023.
  3. Lin, R., Wang, J.-Q., Liu, Z., Xu, J., “Best possible algorithms for online scheduling on identical batch machines with periodic pulse interruptions,” European Journal of Operational Research, vol. 309, no. 1, 2023, pp. 53-64. Accepted 1/14/2023.
  4. Hall, N.G., Liu, Z., “Scheduling with present bias,” Production and Operations Management, vol. 32, no. 6, 2023, pp. 1743-1759. Accepted 12/12/2022.
  5. Li, J., Wang, Y., Liu, Z., Cai, X., Xie, W., “Joint optimal strategies on service investment and drug pricing for a two-sided online pharmaceutical platform,” International Journal of Production Economics, vol. 252, 2022, 108556. Accepted 6/22/2022.
  6. Cai, X., Li, J., Lian, Z., Liu, Z., “Fixed allocation of capacity for multiple retailers under demand competition,” Omega: The International Journal of Management Science, vol. 110, 2022, 102629. Accepted 2/16/2022.
  7. Xu, J.,Wang, J.-Q., Liu, Z., “Parallel batch scheduling: Impact of increasing machine capacity,” Omega: The International Journal of Management Science, vol. 108, 2022, 102567. Accepted 11/6/2021.
  8. Yu, N., Wang, S., Liu, Z., “Managing brand competition with consumer fairness concern via manufacturer incentive,” European Journal of Operational Research, vol. 300, no. 2, 2022, pp. 661-675. Accepted 8/16/2021.
  9. Hou X., Li, J., Liu, Z., Guo, Y., “Pareto and Kaldor-Hicks improvements with revenue-sharing and wholesale-price contracts under manufacturer rebate policy,” European Journal of Operational Research, vol. 298, no. 1, 2022, pp. 152-168. Accepted 5/18/2021.
  10. Fan, G.-Q., Wang, J.-Q., Liu, Z., “Two-agent scheduling on mixed batch machines to minimize total weighted makespan,” International Journal of Production Research, vol. 61, no. 1, 2023, pp. 238-257. Accepted 8/19/2020. [very good]
  11. Liu, Z., Lu, L., Qi, X., “The showrooming effect on integrated dual channels,” Journal of the Operational Research Society, vol.71, no. 9, 2020, pp. 1347-1356. Accepted 4/5/2019.
  12. Cao, K., He, P., Liu, Z., “Production and pricing decisions in a dual-channel supply chain under remanufacturing subsidy policy and carbon tax policy,” Journal of the Operational Research Society, vol. 71, no. 8, 2020, pp. 1199-1215. Accepted 4/5/2019.
  13. Wang, J.-Q., Fan, G.-Q., Liu, Z., “Mixed batch scheduling on identical machines,” Journal of Scheduling, vol. 23, no. 4, 2020, pp. 487-496. Accepted 8/13/2019.
  14. Liu, Z., “Scheduling with partial rejection,” Operations Research Letters, vol. 48, no. 4, 2020, pp. 524-529. Accepted 6/22/2020.
  15. Zhao, W., Hall, N.G., Liu, Z., “Project evaluation and selection with task failures,” Production and Operations Management, vol. 29, no. 2, 2020, pp. 428-446. Accepted 8/16/2019.
  16. Liu, Z., Lu, L., Qi, X., “Scheduling with price quotation and due date related cost,” International Journal of Production Economics, vol. 220, 2020, 107448. Accepted 7/20/2019.
  17. Chen, Z., Li, J., Liu, Z., Zheng, Z., “Incentive contracts for capacity restoration under risk of supply disruption,” IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, vol. 66, no. 4, 2019, pp. 746-762. Accepted 6/10/2018.
  18. Liu, Z., He, P., Chen, B., “A Markov decision model for consumer term-loan collections,” Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting, vol. 52, no. 4, 2019, pp. 1043-1064. Accepted 4/9/2018.
  19. Liu, Z., Lu, L., Qi, X., “Cost allocation in rescheduling with machine unavailable period,” European Journal of Operational Research, vol. 66, no. 1, 2018, pp. 16-28. Accepted 9/12/2017.
  20. Li, J., Cai, X., Liu, Z., “Allocating capacity with demand competition: Fixed factor allocation,” Decision Sciences, vol. 48, no. 3, 2017, pp. 523-560. Accepted 5/10/2016.
  21. Li, J., Yu, N., Liu, Z., Cai, X., “Allocation with demand competition: Uniform, proportional and lexicographic mechanisms,” Naval Research Logistics, vol. 64, no. 2, 2017, pp. 85-107. Accepted 3/16/2017. Accepted 9/13/2016.
  22. Hall, N.G., Liu, Z., “Capacity allocation games without an initial sequence,” Operations Research Letters, vol. 44, no. 6, 2016, pp. 747-749. Accepted 9/13/2016.
  23. He, P., Hua, Z., Liu, Z., “A quantification method for collection effects on consumer term loans,” Journal of Banking & Finance, vol. 57, no. 8, 2015, pp. 17-26. Accepted 3/30/2015.
  24. Esenduran, G., Hall, N.G., Liu, Z., “Environmental regulation in project-based industries,” Naval Research Logistics, vol. 62, no. 4, 2015, pp. 228-247. Accepted 3/4/2015.
  25. Liu, Z., Ro, Y.K., “Rescheduling for machine disruption to minimize makespan and maximum lateness,” Journal of Scheduling, vol. 17, no. 4, 2014, pp. 339-352. Accepted 2/21/2014.
  26. Lu, L., Qi, X., Liu, Z., “On the cooperation of recycling operations,” European Journal of Operational Research, vol. 233, no. 2, 2014, pp. 349-358. Accepted 4/13/2013.
  27. Chandra, C., Liu, Z., He, J., Ruohonen, T., “A binary branch and bound algorithm to minimize the maximum scheduling cost,” Omega: The International Journal of Management Science, vol. 42, no. 1, 2014, pp. 9-15. Accepted 2/12/2013.
  28. Lu, L., Liu, Z., Qi, X., “Coordinated price quotation and production scheduling for uncertain order inquiries,” IIE Transactions, vol. 45, no. 12, 2013, pp. 1293-1308. Accepted 9/24/2012.
  29. Hall, N.G., Liu, Z., “Market good flexibility in capacity auctions,” Production and Operations Management, vol. 22, no. 2, 2013, pp. 459-472. Accepted 1/28/2012.
  30. Chandra, C., He, J., Liu, Z., Ruohonen, T., “Some promising areas for IS research in the hospital industry: Implications from a case study of operating room scheduling,” Health and Technology, vol. 3, no. 1, 2013, pp. 65-72. Accepted 2/5/2013.
  31. Liu, Z., Lu, L., Qi, X., “Simultaneous and sequential price quotation for uncertain order inquiries with production scheduling cost,” IIE Transactions, vol. 44, no. 10, 2012, pp. 820-833. Accepted 10/19/2011.
  32. Liu, Z., “Equilibrium analysis of capacity allocation with demand competition,” Naval Research Logistics, vol. 59, no. 3-4, 2012, pp. 254-265. Accepted 2/16/2012.
  33. Hall, N.G., Liu, Z., “On auction protocols for decentralized scheduling,” Games and Economic Behavior, vol. 72, no. 2, 2011, pp. 583-585. Accepted 10/29/2010.
  34. Hall, N.G., Liu, Z., “Capacity allocation and scheduling in supply chains,” Operations Research, vol. 58, no. 6, 2010, pp. 1711-1725. Accepted 11/8/2009.
  35. Liu, Z., “Single machine scheduling to minimize maximum lateness subject to release dates and precedence constraints,” Computers & Operations Research,  vol. 37, no. 9, 2010, pp. 1537-1543. Accepted 11/9/2009.
  36. Liu, Z., “Complexity of core allocation for binpacking game,” Operations Research Letters, vol. 37, no. 4, 2009, pp. 225-229. Accepted 2/26/2009.
  37. Hall, N.G., Liu, Z., Potts, C.N., “Rescheduling for multiple new orders,” INFORMS Journal on Computing, vol. 19, no. 4, 2007, pp. 633-645. Accepted 8/2006.