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Leon Valdes

Assistant Professor of Business Administration

Business Analytics and Operations

Office: 119B Mervis Hall


  • PhD in Operations Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management
  • M.S. in Engineering, Ecole Centrale Paris
  • B.S. in Industrial Engineering, Universidad de Chile

Leon Valdes joined the Katz faculty in 2017. His primary research focuses on the impact of human behavior on the management of sustainable operations. For example, he has studied through laboratory experiments and analytical models how supply chain transparency affects consumers’ valuations of sustainable products and companies’ investments in social responsibility. Leon’s research received the Best Student Paper award from the POMS College of Sustainable Operations (2015) and was the Runner-Up in the Best Working Paper competition from the INFORMS Behavioral Operations Management Section (2015).

Peer-Reviewed Journals

Supply Chain Visibility and Social Responsibility: Investigating Consumers’ Behaviors and Motives”, with Tim Kraft and Yanchong Zheng. Forthcoming in Manufacturing & Service Operations Management

Book Chapter

Zheng, Yanchong, Tim Kraft, and Leon Valdes (2016), “Assessing Consumers’ Valuations of Socially Responsible Products with Controlled Experiments,” Environmentally Responsible Supply Chains, A. Atasu, ed. Springer, 29-50


  • 1st place, POMS College of Sustainable Operations, Best Student Paper Competition 2015
  • 2nd place, INFORMS Behavioral Operations Management, Best Working Paper Competition 2015
  • Eiffel Excellence Scholarship, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, 2005 – 2007
  • Academic Excellence Scholarship, University of Chile – School of Engineering, 2003

Leon loves going to the theater and to classical music concerts. In his spare time, he likes playing Latin-American folk and Early Music. He is also an avid podcast listener.