Youngjin Yoo | Weatherhead School at Case Western Reserve University
Youngjin Yoo - Professor, Design & Innovation

Faculty – Youngjin Yoo

Elizabeth M. and William C. Treuhaft Professorship in Entrepreneurship
Faculty Director, D&I Initiatives
Professor, Design & Innovation
Visiting Professor, London School of Economics and Political Science
WBS Distinguished Research Environment Professor, University of Warwick
Office Hours: By Appointment Only

Youngjin Yoo, PhD, is the Elizabeth M. and William C. Treuhaft Professor of Entrepreneurship and professor of information systems in the Department of Design & Innovation at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University. He is the faculty director of xLab. He is also a WBS Distinguished Research Environment Professor at Warwick Business School, UK, and a visiting professor at London School of Economics and Political Science, UK. He is an AIS Fellow.

Before returning to Case Western Reserve University, he was the Harry A. Cochran Professor of Management Information Systems and the founding director of the Center for Design+Innovation at the Fox School of Business, Temple University, where he was also the founder and principal investigator of Urban Apps & Maps Studios, an interdisciplinary initiative for digital urban entrepreneurship in Philadelphia. Previously, he was the Lewis-Progressive Chair of Management at Case Western Reserve University. He has taught digital innovation strategy at the Indian School of Business, Aalto University in Finland, and the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology. He was a summer research fellow at NASA in the summer of 2001 and spent a year as a research associate in 2003-2004 at NASA Glenn Research Center. He was also a visiting professor at the Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden, Viktoria Institute in Sweden, Hitotsubashi University in Japan, Hong Kong City University, Yonsei University, Korea, and Tokyo University of Science, Japan. He was Innovation Architect at University Hospitals of Cleveland, overseeing the digital transformation efforts at one of the largest teaching hospital systems in the country.

Yoo holds a Ph.D. in information systems from the University of Maryland. His research interests include digital innovation and entrepreneurship, ethical AI, digital health, and organizational genetics. He has received over $5 million in research grants from the National Science Foundation, NASA, James S. and John L. Knight Foundation, the Department of Commerce, National Research Foundation of Korea, and Samsung Electronics. His work was published in leading academic journals such as MIS Quarterly, Information Systems Research, Organization Science, the Communications of the ACM, and the Academy of Management Journal, among others. He is senior editor of MIS Quarterly, the Journal of AIS, and the Journal Information Technology, and is on the editorial board of Organization Science, Scandinavian Journal of Information Systems, and Information and Organization. He was a former senior editor of the Journal of Strategic Information Systems and an associate editor of Information Systems Research and Management Science. He has worked with leading companies including Samsung Electronics, LG, Goodyear, Sherwin Williams, Progressive, Moen, American Greetings, Bendix, Intel, Ford Motor Company, Andersen Consulting, IDEO, Gehry and Partners, University Hospitals in Cleveland, American Management Systems, Lotus, NASA, Parker Hannifin, Poly One and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Curriculum Vita

PhD, University of Maryland, 1997
MS, Seoul National University, 1990
BS, Seoul National University, 1988

Initially Appointed: 1997

Interests and Courses


Digital Innovation, Ethical AI, Digital Health


Design, Digital Innvation, Digital Strategy

Recent Courses and Syllabi

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Selected Publications

  • Autio, E., Mudambi, R., Yoo, Y. (2021).
    Digitalization and globalization in a turbulent world: Centrifugal and centripetal forces   Global Strategy Journal.
  • Yoo, Y., Euchner, J. (2020).
    Digital First Thinking for Industrial Companies   Research-Technology Management Journal.
  • Kulathinal, R., Yoo, Y., Kumar, S. (2020).
    The bits and bytes of biology: Digitalization fuels an emerging generative platform for biological innovation  
  • Baskerville, R., Myers, M., Yoo, Y. (2020).
    Digital First: Ontological Reversal and New Challenges for IS research   MIS Quarterly.
  • Hind, B., Nang, N., Tanriverdi, H., Yoo, Y. (2020).
    Complexity and Information Systems Research in Emerging Digital World   MIS Quarterly.
  • Berente, N., Maurer, C., Lyytinen, K. J., Yoo, Y. Y. (2019).
    “"Institutional Logics and Pluralistic Responses to Enterprise System Implementation: A Qualitative Meta-Analysis,"   (vol. 43, issue 3, pp. 873-902). MISQ.
  • Li, X., Yoo, Y., Zhang, Z. (2016).
    Searching for “Stability” in Fluidity: A Routine-based View of Open Source Software Development Process   the 37th International Conference of Information Systems.
  • Zhang, Z., Choi, Y., Lee, H., Yoo, Y. (2016).
    The Organizing of Online Community: Fluid and Structural Organizing   the 37th International Conference on Information Systems.
  • Berente, N. T., Lyytinen, K. J., Yoo, Y., King, J. L. (2016).
    Routines as Shock Absorbers During Organizational Transformation: Integration, Control, and NASA’s Enterprise Information System   (vol. 27, issue 3, pp. 551-572). Organization Science.
  • Um, S., Yoo, Y. (2016).
    The Co-Evolution of Digital Ecosystems   the 37th International Conference on Information Systems.
  • Yoo, Y., Euchner, J. (2015).
    Design in the Generative Economy   (vol. 58, issue 2, pp. 13–19). Research-Technology Management.
  • SCHUTZ, D. M., Yoo, Y., FUKUSHIMA, M. (2015).
    Redefining Vertical Market Business Processes: The Impact on Industry from the Internet of Things (IoT)(特集 スマート・モバイル・イノベーション)   (vol. 36, issue 1, pp. 80–90). Journal of Information and Management.
  • Yoo, Y. (2015).
    It is not about size: a further thought on big data   (vol. 30, issue 1, pp. 63–65). Journal of Information Technology.
  • Yoo, Y., Kim, K. (2015).
    How Samsung Became a Design Powerhouse   Harvard Business Review.
  • Shen, X., Lyytinen, K. J., Yoo, Y. (2015).
    Time and Information Technology in Teams: A Review of Empirical Research and Future Research Directions   (vol. 24, issue 1, pp. 1-27). Palgrave: European Journal of Information Systems.
  • Eaton, B., Elaluf-Calderwood, S., Sorensen, C., Yoo, Y. (2015).
    Distributed tuning of boundary resources: the case of Apple’s iOS service system   (vol. 39, issue 1, pp. 217–243). MIS Quarterly.
  • Gaskin, J. E., Berente, N. T., Lyytinen, K. J., Yoo, Y. (2014).
    Toward A Generalizable Sociomaterial Inquiry: An Approach for Analyzing Patterns of Association in Sociomaterial Routines   (vol. 38, issue 3, pp. 849-871). MIS Quarterly.
  • Lyytinen, K. J., Lindberg, A., Berente, N. T., Yoo, Y. (2013).
    "Computational Approaches for Analyzing Latent Social Structures in Open Source Organizing"   (vol. 33, ). Milan, Italy: International Conference on Information Systems.
  • Henfridsson, O., Yoo, Y. (2013).
    The liminality of trajectory shifts in institutional entrepreneurship   (vol. 25, issue 3, pp. 932–950). Organization Science.
  • Yoo, Y., Boland, Jr., R. J., Lyytinen, K. J., Majrczchak, A. (2012).
    Organizing for Innovation in the Digitized World   (vol. 23, issue 5, pp. 1398–1409). Organization Science.
  • Lyytinen, K. J., Yoo, Y., Hendfridsson, O. (2010).
    The New Organizing Logics of Digital Innovation: An Agenda for Information Systems Research   (vol. 21, issue 4, pp. 724-735). Linthicum: Information Systems Research.
  • Lyytinen, K. J., Rose, G., Yoo, Y. (2010).
    Learning routines during Disruptive technological change: Hyper-learning in seven Software Development Organizations (SDO) during Internet adoption   (vol. 23, issue 2, pp. 165-193). Information, Technology and People.
  • Oinas-Kukkonen, H., Lyytinen, K. J., Yoo, Y. (2010).
    Social Networks and Information Systems: Ongoing and Future Research Streams   (vol. 11, issue 2, pp. 82-90). Association for Information Systems.
  • Zhang, Z., Yoo, Y., Aron, L., Lyytinen, K. J.
    The Unknowability of Autonomous Tools and the Liminal Experience of Their Use   Information Systems Research.
  • Zhang, Z., Choi, Y., Lee, H., Yoo, Y.
    Theorizing Organizational Routines with Computational Sequence Analysis: A Critical Realism Framework   Journal of AIS.

Academic and Professional Activities

  • Faculty Director, xLab, 2018 - 2021


  • AIS Fellow, Association of Information Systems. (2018).