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Joann de Zegher is the Maurice F. Strong Career Development Professor and an Assistant Professor of Operations Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Her research examines the design of technologies and algorithms that address supply chain challenges in developing and emerging markets, by combining methods from large-scale field work, optimization, computer science, econometrics, and action research.

She holds an MS in econometrics and management science from Erasmus University Rotterdam, and a PhD from Stanford University.

Joann de Zegher is Founder and President of PemPem, which develops mobile supply chain management software for micro-enterprises in commodity supply chains.

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"Low-Skilled Labor Shortages Contribute to Forced Labor — Evidence From Myanmar and Thailand."

de Zegher, Joann F., Boyu Liu, Lisa Rende Taylor, and Mark Taylor, MIT Sloan Working Paper 6541-21. Cambridge, MA: MIT Sloan School of Management, September 2021.

"The Value of Long-term Relationships when Selling to Informal Retailers - Evidence from India."

Olumurejiwa Fatunde, Andre Calmon, Joann F. de Zegher, and Gonzalo Romero. Rotman School of Management Working Paper No. 3792639, Working Paper. May 2021.

"Crowdsourcing Market Information from Competitors."

de Zegher, Joann and Irene Lo, MIT Sloan Working Paper 5888-19. Cambridge, MA: MIT Sloan School of Management, September 2020.

"Are Bans Effective Despite Limited Enforcement? Evidence from High Seas Management."

Bastani, Hamsa, and Joann de Zegher, MIT Sloan Working Paper 5743-19. Cambridge, MA: MIT Sloan School of Management, August 2020.

"Sustaining Rainforests and Smallholders by Eliminating Payment Delay in a Commodity Supply Chain–It Takes a Village."

de Zegher Joann, Dan Iancu, and Erica Plambeck, Working Paper. December 2019.

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