Young Hoon Kwak

International Academic Advisor

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Department of Decision Sciences
George Washington University
Washington, DC, USA


Professor Young Hoon Kwak is a faculty member in the Department of Decision Sciences at The George Washington University School of Business in Washington, D.C., USA. 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 assistant professor at the Florida International University, a visiting scholar at the IPA Institute, and currently holds a visiting professor position at department of management information science and operations management in the faculty of economics and business administration at Ghent University in Belgium.

Dr. Kwak serves as a specialty editor (associate editor) for the case studies section of the Journal of Construction Engineering and Management (ASCE) and an associate editor for Journal of Management in Engineering (ASCE) and 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 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 titled “Challenges and Best Practices of Managing Government Projects and Programs” (2014 PMI Publications).

Dr. Kwak has consulted and lectured worldwide with various organizations including World Bank, US Department of State, US Department of Education, US Navy, NASA, FAA, IBM, Active Risk, Independent Project Analysis, Seoul National Univ., Yonsei Univ., POSTECH, POSCO, Hanmi Global, Daewoo, LG, etc. 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 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. Additional information can be found at http://home.gwu.edu/~kwak.