Young Hoon Kwak

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Title:
Associate Professor of Decision Sciences
Office:
Decision Sciences
Address:
Funger Hall
2201 G Street NW
Suite 415
Washington, DC 20052
Phone:
202-994-7115
Fax:
202-994-2736
Email:
[email protected]

Young Hoon Kwak is an associate professor in the Department of Decision Sciences at the George Washington University School of Business (GWSB) 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 the Journal of Management in Engineering and a specialty editor (associate editor) for the case studies section of the Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, both published by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), as well as the department editor for project management at the IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management. He also serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Project Management, the International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, and the Journal of Construction Engineering and Project Management.

Dr. Kwak is a four-time recipient of research grants sponsored by the Project Management Institute (PMI), a three-time recipient of the IBM Center for The Business of Government’s research stipend, and a multi-year recipient of Construction Industry Institute (CII)'s research grant. He has received the 2019 Journal of Management in Engineering's Best Peer Reviewed Paper Award from ASCE, 2016  Outstanding Leadership Award from Korean American Construction, Engineering, and Project Management Association (KACEPMA), 2014 Best Paper in the track organized by IJPM in International  Network of Business and Management (INBAM) Journals Conference, and 2008 International Project Management Association (IPMA) Outstanding Research Contributions Award.

Dr. Kwak has consulted and lectured worldwide with various organizations and companies and presented and published well over a hundred articles in journals, books, book chapters, magazines, and conference proceedings. His scholarly works appear in Production and Operations Management, California Management Review, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Journal of the Operational Research Society, Production Planning and Control, Technovation, IEEE Engineering Management Review, 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, Sustainability, Korean Management Review, and other prestigious academic outlets.

Dr. Kwak’s primary research interests include project and program management; project  control; and engineering/technology management. He has a sector interest in construction, infrastructure, and the built environment sectors. Please visit his Google Scholar profile for a complete list of publications.

  • 2019 Journal of Management in Engineering's Best Peer Reviewed Paper Award from ASCE
  • 2016 Outstanding Leadership Award from Korean American Construction Engineering, and Project Management Association (KACEPMA)
  • 2014 Best Paper in the track organized by IJPM in International Network of Business and Management (INBAM) Journals Conference
  • 2008 International Project Management Association (IPMA) Outstanding Research Contributions Award
  • Project and Program Management
  • Performance Improvement
  • Risk Management
  • Technology Management
  • Engineering, Construction, and Infrastructure
  • Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1997
  • M.S., University of California, Berkeley, 1992
  • B.S., Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea, 1991

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

Dr. Kwak has presented and published over a hundred articles in journals, books, book chapters, magazines, and conference proceedings. His scholarly work appears in Production and Operations Management, California Management Review, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Journal of the Operational Research Society, Production Planning and Control, Technovation, IEEE Engineering Management Review, 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, Sustainability, Korean Management Review, and other prestigious academic outlets.

Please visit his Google Scholar profile for a complete list of publications.

  • Risk Management
  • Cost Estimation and Control
  • Introductions to Project and Program Management
  • Planning and Scheduling
  • Project Management Capstone
  • Project Management Finance