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
WBS Distinguished Research Environment Professor, University of Warwick
Office Hours: By Appointment Only

Youngjin Yoo is the Elizabeth M. and William C. Treuhaft Professor in Entrepreneurship and Professor of Information Systems at the department of Design & Innovation at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University. An Association of Information Systems Fellow, he is also WBS Distinguished Research Environment Professor at Warwick Business School, UK. He is the founding faculty director of xLab at Case Western Reserve University. He has worked as Innovation Architect at the University Hospitals in Cleveland, overseeing the digital transformation efforts at one of the largest teaching hospital systems in the country. Before he returns to Case Western Reserve University, he was the Harry A. Cochran Professor of Management Information Systems and the Founding Director of 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 around the globe at business schools such as London School of Economics, Warwick Business School, Indian School of Business, Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich, Hitotsubashi University, Aalto University, and Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology. He also worked with NASA in the summer of 2001 and 2003 – 2004. His 2010 Information Systems Research article is the most influential paper in digital innovation according to Google Scholar. He has received over $5 million in research grant from 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 at 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, Samsung Economic Research Institute, American Greetings, Progressive Insurance, Goodyear Tire, Sotera Health, Bendix, Moen, 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

  • Borgers, M., Garud, R., Thomas, T., , P. T., Yoo, Y. (2022).
    Digital innovation: Transforming research and practice   (vol. 22, issue 1, ). Innovation: Organization & Management.
  • Lehmann, J., Recker, J., Yoo, Y., Rosenkranz, C. (2022).
    Designing Digital Market Offerings: How Digital Ventures Navigate the Tension Between Generative Digital Technology and the Existing Environment   MIS Quarterly.
  • W, G., Henfridsson, O., Nandhakumar, J., Yoo, Y. (2022).
    Product Meaning in Digital Product Innovation   MIS Quarterly.
  • Zhang, Z., Lee, H., Yoo, Y., Choi, Y. (2022).
    Theorizing Organizational Routines with Computational Sequence Analysis: A Critical Realism Framework   Journal of AIS.
  • Gao, K., Schecter, A., Yoo, Y. (2021).
    A dynamic analysis of the complex interplay between internal and external networks of open-source projects on innovation behaviors   The 42nd International Conference on Information Systems.
  • Grisold, T., Gau, M., Yoo, Y. (2021).
    Coding like a rockstar: The role of social influence on action patterns in Github   The 42nd International Conference on Information Systems.
  • Ayday, E., Yoo, Y., Halimi, A. (2021).
    ShareTrace: An Iterative Message Passing Algorithm for Efficient and Effective Disease Risk Assessment on an Integration Graph   ACM-BCB/WABI 2021.
  • Pentland, B., Yoo, Y., Recker, J., Kim, I. (2021).
    From Lock-in to Transformation: A Path-Centric Theory of Emerging Technology and Organizing   Organization Science.
  • Zhang, Z., Yoo, Y., Lindberg, A., Lyytinen, K. J. (2021).
    The Unknowability of Autonomous Tools and the Liminal Experience of their Use   (vol. 32, issue 4, pp. 1192-1213). Information Systems Research.
  • 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   (vol. 44, issue 2, pp. 509-523). 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.

Academic and Professional Activities

  • Faculty Director, xLab, 2018 - 2022


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