Xichen Sun

Ph.D. Student
Department of Information and Operations Management


Xichen is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Information and Operations Management at Mays Business School, Texas A&M University. Prior to joining the Ph.D. program, he worked in the Japanese automotive industry for three years. He received his Bachelor of Engineering from Tianjin University of Technology in China (2011), and his Master of Arts in Business Administration from Kobe University in Japan (2015). Xichen anticipates completing his Ph.D. in the spring of 2023.

Motivated by his working experience and the problems he observed in the industry, Xichen’s research has a strong focus on practical and relevant operational issues. His research lies at the intersection of service operations and sustainable operations, emphasizing the alignment of companies’ economic and environmental goals via various industrial endeavors. His work displays a breadth of methodological skills, including game theory, system dynamics modeling, econometrics, and grounded theory. Xichen’s research uses both primary and secondary data sources and makes a significant contribution to theory development and operational decision-making. Xichen is a member of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS), Production and Operations Management Society (POMS), and the Decision Sciences Institute (DSI).

Xichen is also actively involved in teaching and services. He teaches SCMT 364, a Core Business Knowledge Course on Operations Management at Mays Business School. He is the co-founder of the BV Startup, a Texas 4-H club that facilitates positive youth development in skills in communication, leadership, and teamwork through various entrepreneurial activities. He is a Community Partner of the Texas Youth Action Network. He is passionate about teaching and developing the next generation of business leaders.

Research Interests

Service Operations Management, Sustainable Operations