Kun Liao, PhD, CQE


Associate Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management 

Department of Finance & Supply Chain Management

College of Business

Central Washington University



Operations Management

Supply Chain Management

Advanced Models in Operations and Supply Chain Management

Global Supply Chain Management

Purchasing and Supply Management

Quality Management

Supply Chain Strategy

Management Information System



PhD, University of Toledo

Master, University of Toledo

Bachelor, Tsinghua University

Certificated Quality Engineer (CQE), American Society for Quality (ASQ)




Kun Liao, Xiaodong Deng, and Erika Massillac (2013), Factors That Impact Chinese Automotive Suppliers Mass Customization Capabilities, International Journal of Production Economics (accepted for publication).


Kun Liao, Thomas Sharkey, T.S. Ragu-Nathan, and Mark Vonderembse (2012), Trust-Driven Joint Operational Activities to Achieve Mass Customization: A Culture Perspective, Benchmarking: an International Journal, Vol. 19 Issue: 4/5.


Ying Liao, Kun Liao, Qiang Tu, and Mark Vonderembse, (2011), A Mechanism for External Competence Transfer to Improve Manufacturing System Capabilities and Market Performance, International Journal of Production Economics, Vol. 132 Issue: 1.


Kun Liao, Erika Massillac, Eldon Johnson, and Ying Liao, (2011), Global Supply Chain Adaptations to Improve Financial Performance: Supply Base Establishment and Logistics Integration, Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management Vol. 22 Issue: 2.


Kun Liao, Zhongming Ma, Johnny Lee, and Ke Ke (2011), Achieving Mass Customization through Trust-Driven Information Sharing: A Supplier Perspective, Management Research Review, Vol. 34 Issue: 5. 


Kun Liao, Qiang Tu, and Erika Massillac (2010), the Role of Modularity and Integration in Enhancing Manufacturing Performance: An Absorptive Capacity Perspective, Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, Volume 21 Issue 6.


Ying Liao, Kun Liao, and Robert Hutchinson (2010), A Conceptual Framework for Prototyping Outsourcing in New Product Development: A Knowledge-based View, Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, Volume 21 Issue 1.


Zhongming Ma, Kun Liao, and Johnny Jiung-Yee Lee (2010), Examining Comparative Shopping Agents from Two Types of Search Results, Information Systems Management, Volume 27 Issue 1


Robert Hutchinson and Kun Liao (2009), Zen Accounting: How Japanese Costing Techniques Support Lean Management, Management Accounting Quarterly, Volume 11 Issue 1.


Kun Liao and Qiang Tu (2008), Leveraging Automation and Integration to Improve Manufacturing Performance under Uncertainty: An Empirical Study, Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, Volume 19 Issue 1.


Kun Liao and Paul Hong (2007), Effective global supplier network building: a supplier portfolio entry model, Journal of Enterprise Information Management, Volume 20 Issue 5.




Distinguished Paper Award, the 41st Annual Conference of the Decision Sciences Institute        November 2010    


Research Grants Award-College of Business, Central Washington University                              March 2010, September 2009, December 2007


George H. Barrows Masters Award, American Society for Quality (ASQ)                                  May 2007


Academic Service

Guest Editor of  International Journal of Technology, Policy and Management


Associate Editor of Operations and Supply Chain Management: An International Journal


Reviewer for International Journal of Production Economics, Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, Operations Management Research, Supply Chain Management: an International Journal, Journal of Enterprise Information Management, and Information Systems Management