Assistant Professor Lima Zhao

Jun.-Prof. Dr.

Lima Zhao

Assistant Professor in Supply Chain Finance

Room: B-205


Curriculum Vitae

Research Areas:

  • Operations Management - Finance Interface
  • Global Supply Chain and Risk Management
  • Supply Chain Finance
  • Stochastic Modeling
  • Simulation


The dynamic global economy exposes companies to multiple and high magnitude of risks. The set of the normal business risks is expanded as companies are now often facing unfamiliar and uncertain demand and supply markets, working capital constraints and currency exchange rate fluctuations. Recognizing the multifunctional nature of the challenges faced by business, this growing area of “Supply Chain Finance”, fully embraces a multidisciplinary approach that exploits recent development in supply chain management, trade finance, and operations research to manage the complex, highly interacting, and diverse global supply chain risks. In this arena, integrated operations and finance management plays a key role in providing the physical and financial network structure for developing, processing and delivering the company's value-adding activities.


Dr. (Summa cum laude), Supply Chain Management, WHU–Otto Beisheim School of Management, Vallendar, Germany
Cumulative Dissertation: The Interface of Operations and Finance in Global Supply Chains

Visiting Scholar, MEDS Department, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, USA

M.S., Logistics Engineering, University of Duisburg-Essen, Duisburg, Germany

B.B.A, Management Information Systems, Tianjin Foreign Studies University, Tianjin, China

Professional Experience

WHU–Otto Beisheim School of Management, Vallendar, Germany

  • Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Finance

Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics, Dortmund, Germany

  • Assistant, Innovative Material Flow Systems


Zhao, L., A. Huchzermeier. 2017. Integrated operational and financial hedging with capacity reshoring, European Journal of Operations Research. Forthcoming.

Zhao, L., A. Huchzermeier. 2015. Operations-finance interface models: A literature review and framework. European Journal of Operations Research. Forthcoming.

Elhasia, T., B. Noche, L. Zhao. 2013. Simulation of a sustainable cement supply chain; proposal model review. World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology. 7(3), 467 - 475.