Li Cheng is an Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Management in the Department of Supply Chain Management at Michigan State University. She received her B. S. degree in Logistics and Operations Management from Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, China and M. S. degree in Business Logistics Engineering from the Ohio State University. She joined the Ph.D. program in Supply Chain Management at the Pennsylvania State University for two years and transferred to the Ph.D. program in Supply Chain Management at University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She earned her Ph. D. degree in 2019 from University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Before joining MSU in 2022, she was an assistant professor in the Department of MIS, Operations & Supply Chain, and Business Analytics, at University of Dayton.
Her primary research stream centers on the decision-making processes in supply management, recently with a focus on fairness and equity, diversity, and inclusion. Her research uses various empirical methodologies including economics-based and vignette-based experiments, field studies (quantitative and qualitative), archival data, among others. Li has published in top-tier academic journals including Journal of Operations Management, Decision Sciences Journal, Journal of Supply Chain Management, among other journals. She reviews for Journal of Operations Management, Production and Operations Management, Journal of Business Logistics, Journal of Supply Chain Management, and Decision Sciences Journal. She serves on the editorial board of Decision Sciences Journal. She serves as session chairs on behavioral supply management, diversity and inclusion, and supply chain management at POMS, DSI, and CSCMP annual conferences.