Posted 5.17.16

Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University is pleased to welcome back Youngjin Yoo, PhD, as the Elizabeth M. and William C. Treuhaft Professor of Entrepreneurship in the Department of Design & Innovation. Yoo will begin his appointment in July. He will be working on both design and digital innovation.

“Youngjin Yoo’s return to Weatherhead marks an exciting direction for our Department of Design & Innovation,” says Robert Widing, Dean and Albert J. Weatherhead, III Professor of Management at Weatherhead. “Yoo brings new passion and vision for continuing to integrate design thinking throughout the curriculum. His arrival is yet another step in positioning Weatherhead as a leading design management school.”

Yoo previously served as the founding director of the Center for Design+Innovation at Temple University, where he was the Harry A. Cochran Professor of MIS and the Irwin L. Gross Senior Research Fellow. Yoo is also the founder and principal investigator of Urban Apps & Maps Studios, an interdisciplinary initiative for digital urban entrepreneurship in North Philadelphia and the WBS Distinguished Research Environment Professor at Warwick Business, School, UK.

Before his move to Temple, Yoo was the Lewis-Progressive Chair of Management at Weatherhead. He has taught digital innovation strategy at Indian School of Business, Aalto University in Finland, and Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology. He was a summer research fellow at NASA in 2001 and spent a year as a research associate in 2003 – 2004 at NASA Glenn Research Center. He was also a visiting professor at 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.

Yoo holds a PhD in Information Systems from the University of Maryland. His research interests include: digital innovation and entrepreneurship, organizational genetics, societal use of technology and design. He has received over $4.5 million in research grants from National Science Foundation, NASA, James S. and John L. Knight Foundation, the Department of Commerce, National Research Foundation of Korea, and Samsung Electronics. Yoo’s most recent research grant from the National Science Foundation is the first Big Data grant given to a social science project. It integrates computational evolutionary biology, network science and digital trace data to understand human behaviors in complex socio-technical systems.

His work has been 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.

Yoo was ranked #1 in the world in 2010 for his research productivity published in top MIS journals.

Yoo has carried out research and executive teaching at University Hospitals on design and innovation and will continue a close relationship going forward. He has worked with leading companies including Samsung Electronics, American Greetings, Bendix, Moen, Intel, Ford Motor Company, Andersen Consulting, IDEO, Gehry and Partners, University Hospitals, American Management Systems, Lotus, NASA, Parker Hannifin, Poly One and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University cultivates creativity, innovation, and purpose-driven leadership at every level—self, others, organizations, and society. Weatherhead School of Management: think brighter.

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