Can Zhang


Associate Professor

Academic Area: Operations Management

Mailing Information

Duke University: The Fuqua School of Business
100 Fuqua Drive
Durham, NC 27708


Can Zhang is an Associate Professor in the Operations Management area at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. His research focuses on socially responsible and sustainable operations with an emphasis on emerging economies and underserved populations. Specifically, his existing and ongoing work spans three interrelated areas: 1) nonprofit and public sector operations, 2) healthcare supply chains, and 3) smallholder agricultural supply chains. A common theme of his research is to study how organizations in these sectors can effectively manage their resources to better serve their beneficiaries and create societal benefits. In his research, he works closely with industry collaborators to motivate research questions from real-world challenges and data. He also aims to deliver implementable solutions and actionable insights to make a practical impact.

His work has received multiple recognitions, including the first place for the 2021 MSOM Best Paper Award, 2019 MSOM Award for Responsible Research in OM, 2017 MSOM Practice-Based Competition, 2017 MSOM Student Paper Competition, 2017 INFORMS Doing Good with Good OR Student Paper Competition, honorable mention for the 2019 INFORMS George B. Dantzig Dissertation Award, and a finalist for the 2022 Public Sector Operations Research Best Paper Award, 2017 INFORMS Franz Edelman Award, and 2015 INFORMS George Nicholson Student Paper Competition.