Yun Fong LIM               Last updated: Dec 25, 2018

Associate Professor of Operations Management

Lee Kong Chian School of Business

Singapore Management University

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Research Interests:


e-Commerce and Marketplace Analytics,

Inventory Management,

Warehousing and Fulfillment,

Sustainable Urban Logistics,

Flexible Workforce and Resource Management





e-Commerce and Marketplace Analytics:


Optimal Stackelberg strategies for financing a supply chain through online peer-to-peer lending, Guang-Xin Gao, Zhi-Ping Fan, Xin Fang, Yun Fong Lim. European Journal of Operational Research, 267(2), 585-597, 2018. (PDF)


Consignment contracts with revenue sharing for a capacitated retailer and multiple manufacturers, Yun Fong Lim, Yunzeng Wang, Yue Wu. Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, 17(4), 527-537, 2015. (PDF)

- CSAMSE Annual Conference Best Paper Award (Honorable Mention), 2015.


Inventory Management, Warehousing & Fulfillment, Sustainable Urban Logistics:


Inventory management based on target-oriented robust optimization, Yun Fong Lim, Chen Wang. Management Science, 63(12), 4409-4427, 2017. (PDF)


Optimizing (s, S) policies for multi-period inventory models with demand distribution uncertainty: Robust dynamic programming approaches, Ruozhen Qiu, Minghe Sun, Yun Fong Lim. European Journal of Operational Research, 261(3), 880-892, 2017. (PDF) (See supplemental materials.)


A two-item two-warehouse periodic review inventory model with transshipment, Koushik S. Ramakrishna, Moosa Sharafali, Yun Fong Lim. Annals of Operations Research, 233(1), 365-381, 2015. (PDF)


A rolling horizon auction mechanism and virtual pricing of shipping capacity for urban consolidation centers, Chen Wang, Hoong Chuin Lau, Yun Fong Lim. In Computational Logistics, ed. F. Corman et al., Springer International Publishing Switzerland, 422-436, 2015. (PDF)


Robust storage assignment in unit-load warehouses, Marcus Ang, Yun Fong Lim, Melvyn Sim. Management Science, 58(11), 2114-2130, 2012. (PDF) (See supplemental materials.)


Flexible Workforce and Resource Management (Bucket Brigades):


My main contribution to this area is introducing the Cellular Bucket Brigades —  a way to coordinate workers in a production line where work content is distributed on both sides of an aisle. This idea can be applied to (i) warehouse order-picking and (ii) dynamic U-line balancing. See here for a summary.


Performance of cellular bucket brigades with hand-off times, Yun Fong Lim. Production and Operations Management, 26(10), 1915-1923, 2017. (PDF)


Cellular bucket brigades on U-lines with discrete work stations, Yun Fong Lim, Yue Wu. Production and Operations Management, 23(7), 1113-1128, 2014. (PDF)


Order-picking by cellular bucket brigades: A case study, Yun Fong Lim. In Warehousing in The Global Supply Chain, ed. Riccardo Manzini, Springer-Verlag London, 71-85, 2012. (PDF)


Cellular bucket brigades, Yun Fong Lim. Operations Research, 59(6), 1539-1545, 2011. (PDF)


Maximizing throughput of bucket brigades on discrete work stations, Yun Fong Lim, Kum Khiong Yang. Production and Operations Management, 18(1), 48-59, 2009. (PDF)


Deterministic chaos in a model of discrete manufacturing, John J. Bartholdi, Donald D. Eisenstein, Yun Fong Lim. Naval Research Logistics, 56(4), 293-299, 2009. (PDF)


Bucket brigades on in-tree assembly network, John J. Bartholdi, Donald D. Eisenstein, Yun Fong Lim. European Journal of Operational Research, 168(3), 870-879, 2006. (PDF)


A quay crane system that self-recovers from random shocks, Yun Fong Lim, Yan Zhang, Chen Wang. Flexible Services and Manufacturing Journal, 27(4), 561-584, 2015. (PDF)


Self-organizing logistics systems, John J. Bartholdi, Donald D. Eisenstein, Yun Fong Lim. Annual Reviews in Control, 34, 111-117, 2010. (PDF)

- A keynote paper in INCOM 2009, Moscow, Russia.


Artificial Intelligence, Physics:


Solving hierarchical constraints over finite domains with local search, Martin Henz, Roland H.C. Yap, Yun Fong Lim, Seet Chong Lua, J. Paul Walser, Xiao Ping Shi. Annals of Mathematics and Artificial Intelligence, 40, 283-301, 2004. (PDF)


Scale-invariant behavior in a spatial game of prisoners’ dilemma, Yun Fong Lim, Kan Chen, Ciriyam Jayaprakash. Physical Review E, 65, 026134, 2002. (PDF)


Dynamics of dry friction: A numerical investigation, Yun Fong Lim, Kan Chen. Physical Review E, 58(5), 5637-5642, 1998. (PDF)



Research Grants:


MOE Tier 1 Academic Research Fund, Project Title: Integrating Inventory Management and Order Fulfillment for Online Retailing, Award Amount: S$135,840, 2017-2019.


A*STAR - SERC Grant, Project Title: Market Mechanisms for Multi-Party Coordination of Urban Logistics Operations, Award Amount: S$578,400, 2013-2015.


Neptune Orient Lines (NOL) Fellowship, Project Title: Robust Warehouse Management, Award Amount: S$140,000, 2012-2014.



Invited Seminars:


Arizona State University, 2018.

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany, 2018.

National Central University, Taiwan, 2018.

Nanyang Technological University, 2018.

University of Texas - Dallas, 2017.

Chinese University of Hong Kong (Shenzhen), 2017.

Peking University HSBC Business School, 2017.

Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 2017.

New York University, 2016.

University of Maryland, 2016.

Rutgers University, 2016.

Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2016.

Fudan University, 2016.

Shanghai Jiaotong University, 2016.

Singapore University of Technology and Design, 2016.

Cornell University, 2015.

Renmin University of China, 2015.

Northeastern University, China, 2015.

University of Illinois - Chicago, 2014.

Tsinghua University, 2014.

Peking University, 2014.

University of Colorado - Boulder, 2013.

Syracuse University, 2012.

Georgetown University, 2012.

Nanyang Technological University, 2011.

National Taiwan University, 2010.

University of California - Riverside, 2008.

National University of Singapore, 2004, 2005.



Invited Conference Presentations:


Plenary Speaker, Thought-Leaders Workshop on Future of Retail Operations, Technical University of Munich, 2018.

Plenary Speaker, International Conference on Intelligent Transportation and Logistics with Big Data, 2017.

Plenary Speaker, The 6th International Conference on Electronic Business, 2017.

Honorable Speaker, ORSCM Summer Workshop, National Tsing Hua University, 2017.

Keynote Speaker, International Workshop on Intelligent Supply Chain Management, Zhejiang University, 2018.

Keynote Speaker, SMU Industry Leaders Dialogue, 2016.

Keynote Speaker, Express, Logistics, and Supply Chain (ELSC) Conclave, 2015.

Keynote Speaker, ISES Industry Forum, 2014.



Professional Activities:


Guest Editor, Naval Research Logistics, 2019.

Member, Governing Board, NOL Fellowship Program, 2018-present.

Chair, WDA Roundtable, Last Mile Fulfillment Asia 2016, Singapore.

Chair, Conference on Next Generation Retail Operations 2016, Singapore.

Chair, Supply Chain Management and Logistics Research Roundtable 2014, Singapore.

Organizing Committee Member, POMS-HK International 2019, Hong Kong, China.

Program Committee Member, POMS-HK International 2016, Macau, China.

Program Committee Member, POMS International 2014, Singapore.

Program Committee Member, ICORES 2012, Vilamoura, Algarve, Portugal.

Cluster Chair of Workforce Management, INFORMS 2012, Phoenix, Arizona, USA.

Cluster Chair of Workforce Management, INFORMS 2011, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA.

Cluster Chair of Workforce Management, INFORMS 2009, San Diego, California, USA.

Stream Chair of Production and Inventory Systems, IFORS 2008, Sandton, South Africa.



Postdocs / Graduate Students:


Song JIU (Postdoc, 2016-present).


Chen WANG (Postdoc, 2012-15), Data Scientist, SAP.


Peng WANG (PhD, expected 2021).


Qiyuan DENG (PhD, expected 2020).


Yue WU (MSc, 2009-2011), Assistant Professor, Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh.    (He won 2nd Prize in the MIT Sloan’s 7th Annual Operations Simulation Competition.)



Industrial Projects:


Zalora, Resorts World Sentosa, KTP Hospital, YCH Group, McMaster-Carr Company





Yun Fong LIM is Associate Professor of Operations Management at the Lee Kong Chian School of Business, Singapore Management University (SMU). He is also Chang Jiang Chaired Professor, and has been a Lee Kong Chian Fellow and an NOL Fellow. Yun Fong’s research has appeared in Operations Research, Management Science, Manufacturing and Service Operations Management, and Production and Operations Management. He has delivered keynote and plenary speeches in several international conferences. In addition, his work has received funding by MOE and A*STAR and media coverage by The Business Times, Capital 95.8, and 93.8 Live. His current research interests include e-commerce and marketplace analytics, inventory management, warehousing and fulfillment, sustainable urban logistics, and flexible workforce and resource management.


Yun Fong is a recipient of the SMU Teaching Excellence Innovative Teacher Award. He teaches both undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Operations Management. He has provided consulting and executive development to corporations such as Maersk, McMaster-Carr Company, Resorts World Sentosa, Schneider Electrics, Temasek Holdings, and Zalora. Yun Fong obtained both his PhD and MSc degrees in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.