Stanley Lim

Stanley Lim
Phone: (619) 260-7702
Office: Olin Hall 218

Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Management

  • PhD, University of Cambridge, Supply Chain Management
  • MBA, The University of Warwick
  • MSc, National University of Singapore, Industrial and Systems Engineering

Stanley Lim is an assistant professor of supply chain management at the University of San Diego School of Business. He is interested in examining operational issues at the interface between retail supply chain management and end consumers. At present, he focuses on understanding the economics of distribution services, covering the five A's: (1) accessibility of location (retail store density), (2) availability of inventory (contract structure), (3) product assortment (assortment planning under opportunistic sourcing), (4) assurance of product delivery (last-mile distribution), and (5) retail store ambience (future research stream). These areas comprise the five core services retailers provide to lower consumers’ search and transaction costs.

Stanley integrates work in operations management, marketing, and economics to understand how and under what conditions retailers can best distribute their products and services. His research primarily uses archival data and adopts an interdisciplinary perspective to improve operations’ theory and practice. Stanley welcomes opportunities for new collaborations.

Areas of Expertise

Empirical Retail Operations Management, Economics of Distribution Services, Data Analytics


  • Case Research Foundation Paul R. Lawrence Fellowship - 2020
  • The Case Center Case Writing Scholarship - 2020
  • Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport James Cooper Memorial Cup for Best PhD Dissertation - 2019
  • Best Applications-Oriented Paper at Annual European Decision Sciences Institute (EDSI) Conference - 2019
  • Finalist for Service Science Best Cluster Paper at INFORMS Annual Meeting - 2019
  • Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award, Operations & Production Management Category - 2018
  • IJOPM Highly Commended Paper - 2018
  • Chris Voss Best Paper at EurOMA Conference - 2018
  • Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Meritorious Paper, Industrial Logistics Category - 2018
  • Harry Boer Best Student Paper at EurOMA Conference - 2016