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Faculty and Staff Profile

Ying (Maggie) Zhang

Assistant Professor of Management

Office: 420M College of Business
Phone: 864-656-6321

 Educational Background

Ph.D. Business Administration
UNC Chapel Hill 2018

BS Industrial Engineering
Tsinghua University 2011

 Courses Taught

MGT 3900 - Operations Management
BUSI 403 - Operations Management (UNC Chapel Hill)


Maggie Zhang is an Assistant Professor of Management in Clemson College of Business. Before joining Clemson, Maggie obtains her Ph.D. in Operations from UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School and her Bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering from Tsinghua University. Her research lies in the area of Operations and Supply Chain Management. Specifically, her work focuses on emerging market operations with an emphasis on agriculture operations and global supply chain management. Her research interests also include food supply chain, socially responsible operations and sustainable operations. Maggie's current work focuses on the application of scientific planting methods and farming mechanization to improve agricultural productivity in emerging countries such as Sub-Sahara African countries.

 Research Interests

Emerging Market Operations, Agriculture Operations, Global Supply Chain Management, Socially Responsible Operations, Sustainable Operations, Food Supply Chain

 Research Publications

Zhang, Y. and Swaminathan, J.M. (2020). "Improved Crop Yields through Optimized Planting Schedules." (Conditional Acceptance at Manufacturing & Service Operations Management)

Narayanan, S., Soun, T., Deb, K. and Zhang, Y. (2020) "Maximizing Disability Diversity, Cultural Diversity and Productivity: A Study in Apparel Manufacturing" (Under Review at Production and Operations Management)

Zhang, Y. and Swaminathan, J.M. (2020). "Warehouse Location in An Emerging Country: A Win-Win Proposition?" (Production and Operations Management,

Narayanan, S., Swaminathan, J.M., Balasubramanian, S. and Zhang, Y. (2019). "Managing Uncertain Tasks in Technology-Intensive Project Environments: A Multi-Method Study of Task Closure and Capacity Management Decisions." (Journal of Operations Management,


Planting strategy research aims to boost Africa's food output