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Young Hoon Kwak

Associate Professor of Decision Sciences

  • Department: Decision Sciences
  • Email: kwak@gwu.edu
  • Phone: (202) 994-7115
  • Fax: (202) 994-2736
  • Office: Funger Hall, Suite 415 • 2201 G St. NW • Washington DC, 20052
Education:
  • BS, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea, 1991
  • MS, University of California, Berkeley, 1992
  • PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 1997

Biography


Young Hoon Kwak is an Associate Professor in the Department of Decision Sciences at The George Washington University School of Business in Washington, D.C. He earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in Engineering and Project Management as well as Management of Technology (MOT) Certificate, all from the University of California at Berkeley. He worked as a visiting engineer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a visiting professor at the Florida International University, a visiting scholar at the IPA Institute, and currently holds a visiting professor position at the department of business informatics and operations management in Faculty of Economics and Business Administration at Ghent University in Belgium.

Dr. Kwak is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Management in Engineering and a Specialty Editor (associate editor) for the case studies section of Journal of Construction Engineering and Management both published from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). He also serves on the editorial board for IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management (IEEE), International Journal of Project Management (Elsevier), International Journal of Managing Projects in Business (Emerald) and Journal of Construction Engineering and Project Management (KICEM).

Dr. Kwak is a four-time recipient of research grants sponsored by the Project Management Institute (PMI), and a three-time recipient of the IBM Center for The Business of Government’s research stipend. His research that was partially funded by PMI titled “Impact on Project Management of Allied Disciplines” received the 2008 International Project Management Association (IPMA) Outstanding Research Contributions Award. He recently published a new book (2014) titled “Challenges and Best Practices of Managing Government Projects and Programs” (PMI Publications).

Dr. Kwak has consulted and lectured worldwide with various organizations and presented and published over hundred articles in journals, books, book chapters, magazines, and conference proceedings. His scholarly works appear in California Management Review, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Journal of the Operational Research Society, IEEE Engineering Management Review, Technovation: The International Journal of Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Technology Management, Technological and Economic Development of Economy, Government Information Quarterly, International Journal of Project Management, Project Management Journal, International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, Engineering Project Organization Journal, Risk Management: An International Journal, Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, Journal of Management in Engineering, Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, Automation in Construction, Korean Management Review and other prestigious academic outlets.

Dr. Kwak’s primary research interests include strategic issues of project management; project control; project performance evaluation and improvement; management of technology; and engineering, construction, and infrastructure project management.


 

Research Summary


Project and Program Management

  • Challenges and Best Practices of Government Projects and Programs
  • What Can We Learn from The Hoover Dam: that Influenced Modern Project Management?
  • History, practices, and future of earned value management in government: Perspectives from NASA
  • Impact on Project Management of Allied Disciplines
  • Project Management Capability – Benchmarking, Maturity, Modeling, Gap Analyses, and ROI
  • Benefits of Project Management: Financial and Organizational Rewards to Corporations
  • Project Change Management Systems

Business Excellence and Performance Improvement

  • Open Government Implementation Model: A Stage Model for Achieving Increased Public Engagement
  • Managing Performance of Programs and Projects using Earned Value Management in Government
  • Benefits, Obstacles, and Future of Six Sigma Approach

Technology Management

  • Understanding End Users’ Acceptance of Enterprise Resource Planning System in Project-Based Sectors
  • Parametric Estimating Model for Technology Deployment Project
  • New Trends, Environments, and Approaches to Evaluate Pharmaceutical R&D Projects

Project Risk Management

  • Managing Risks in Mega Defense Acquisition Projects: Performance, Policy, and Opportunities
  • Project Risk Management: Lessons Learned from Software Development Environment
  • Examining Risk Tolerance in Project-driven Organization

Engineering, Construction, and Infrastructure Project Management

  • Conceptual Cost Prediction Model for Public Road Planning via Rough Set Theory and Case-Based Reasoning
  • Schedule Effectiveness of Alternative Contracting Strategies for Transportation Infrastructure Improvement Projects
  • Decision Support Model for Incentives/Disincentives Time-Cost Tradeoff
  • Web-based Construction Project Specification System
  • Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) for Infrastructure Developments
  • Project Delivery Systems and Project Change: Quantitative Analysis
  • Analyzing Asian Infrastructure Development Privatization Markets

 

Selected Publications


Dr. Kwak has presented and published over a hundred articles in journals, books, book chapters, magazines, and conference proceedings. His scholarly work appears in California Management Review, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Journal of the Operational Research Society, IEEE Engineering Management Review, Technovation, Technological and Economic Development of Economy, Government Information Quarterly, International Journal of Project Management, Project Management Journal, International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, Engineering Project Organization Journal, Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, Journal of Management in Engineering, Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, Automation in Construction, Risk Management: An International Journal, Korean Management Review and other prestigious academic outlets.

Please visit http://blogs.gwu.edu/kwak/publications/ for Dr. Kwak’s complete publications.


 

Professional Activities


  • Editorial board for IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management (IEEE), International Journal of Project Management (Elsevier), International Journal of Managing Projects in Business (Emerald), and Journal of Construction Engineering and Project Management (KICEM).

 

Awards


  • 2014 Best Paper in the track organized by International Journal of Project Management, International Network of Business and Management Journals (IV INBAM Conference)
  • 2008 International Project Management Association Outstanding Research Contribution Award, International Project Management Association
  • Science Direct Top 25 Hottest Articles:
    • Technovation
      • Benefits, obstacles, and future of six sigma approach, 26(11), 708-715 (Selected as Top 10 cited in Technovation from Scopus, Articles published in the last ten years).
      • Project risk management: lessons learned from software development environment, 24(11), 915-920.
      • Examining risk tolerance in project-driven organization, 25(6), 691-695.
    • International Journal of Project Management
      • Analyzing project management research: Perspectives from top management journals, 27(5), 435-446.
    • Government Information Quarterly
      • An Open Government Maturity Model for social media-based public engagement, 29(4), 492-503.
  • Funded Research:
    • IBM Center for the Business of Government
      • Risk Analytics to Improve Grant Management and Organizational Performances, 2014
      • An Open Government Implementation Model: Moving to Increased Public Engagement, 2010-2011
      • Project Management in Government: An Introduction to Earned Value Management, 2008-2010
    • Project Management Institute
      • Challenges and Best Practices of Managing Government Projects and Programs, 2011-2013
      • Impact on Project Management of Allied Disciplines, 2005-2007
      • Value of Project Management, 2004-2008
      • The Benefits of Project Management, 1995-1997