Z. Max Shen
Prof. Z. Max Shen
Innovation and Information Management
Vice-President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research)
Chair Professor in Logistics and Supply Chain Management

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Professor Shen obtained his PhD from Northwestern University, USA in 2000. He started his academic career as Assistant Professor at the University of Florida in the same year, and joined the University of California, Berkeley in 2004, where he rose through the academic ranks to become Chancellor’s Professor and Chair of the Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research and Professor of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He was also a Centre Director at the Tsinghua-Berkeley Institute in Shenzhen and an Honorary Professor at Tsinghua University, China. Professor Shen joined HKU in 2021. Internationally recognized as a top scholar in his field, Professor Shen is a Fellow of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), the President-Elect of the Production and Operations Management Society (POMS), and a past President of the Society of Locational Analysis of INFORMS.

Research Interest
  • Integrated Supply Chain Design and Management
  • Data Driven Logistics and Supply Chain Optimization
  • Design and Analysis of Optimization Algorithms
  • Energy Systems Optimization
  • Transportation System Planning
Professional Activities and Awards
  • Associate editor for Operations Research
  • Associate editor for Management Science
  • Associate editor for MSOM
  • Associate editor for Naval Research Logistics
  • Associate editor for IIE Transactions
  • Associate editor for Journal Omega
  • Associate editor for Decision Sciences
  • Department editor for Production and Operations Management
  • Department editor for Asia-Pacific Journal of Operational Research
  • Editorial Board, International Journal of Inventory Research
  • Editorial Advisory Board, Computers & Operations Research
Journal Publications
Recent Publications
Coordinating Installation of Electric Vehicle Charging Stations between Governments and Automakers

Accessibility of Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations is an important factor for adoption of EV, which is an effective green technology for reducing carbon emissions. Recognizing this, many governments are contemplating ideas for achieving EV adoption targets, such as constructing extra EV charging stations directly or offering subsidies to entice automakers to construct more EV charging stations. To achieve these targets, governments need to coordinate with automakers to ensure that the total number of charging stations is planned optimally. We study this coordination problem by considering the interactions among the government, automakers, and consumers, our equilibrium analysis yields three major results. First, both the government and the automaker should build extra EV charging stations when their construction costs are independent. Simultaneously, the government should offer a per-station subsidy to the automaker only when the adoption target and the construction cost are both high. However, when the construction costs are dependent, the government should delegate the construction to the automaker by offering a per-station subsidy. Second, when the government considers consumer purchase subsidy as an extra lever, we find that the purchase subsidy for consumers is more cost-effective than offering a per-station subsidy to the automaker. Third, the structure of the optimal government policy remains the same regardless of whether the government's goal is to improve EV adoption or consumer welfare. Our results can serve as guidelines for governments when contemplating coordination with automakers for the construction of EV charging stations to improve EV adoption as well as consumer welfare further.