The George Washington University

Young Hoon Kwak is an Associate Professor in the Department of Decision Sciences at The George Washington University School of Business in Washington, D.C. He received 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.

Tools to Innovate: Data Analytics, Risk Management, and Shared Services

Today, governments have access to a variety of tools to successfully implement agency programs. For example, Data Analytics—especially of financial data—can be used to better inform decision making by ensuring agencies have the information they need at the point of time that it can be most effective. In addition, governments at all levels can more effectively address risks using new Risk Management approaches. And finally, Shared Services can not only save money, but also stimulate innovation, improve decisionmaking, and increase the quality of services expected by citizens.

Risk Management for Grants Administration: A Case Study of the Department of Education

During this period, the department created its Risk Management Service, and expanded that office in 2007.

An Open Government Implementation Model: Moving to Increased Public Engagement

The release of this report comes on the heels of the first anniversary of the Open Government Directive issued in December 2009. This Directive required all executive departments and agencies to take the following steps toward the goal of creating a more open government:
 

Project Management in Government: An Introduction to Earned Value Management (EVM)

Management of government projects, programs, and portfolios—and the related expenditures of public funds—are major, visible areas of interest and concern. Emphasis on performance improvement in government continues to increase steadily, supported by mandates imposed by government laws and public pressure. Despite a growing understanding of the determinants of success, increasing maturity, and a stream of successful programs and projects, project failures continue at an alarming rate.

Associate Professor
Department of Decision Sciences School of Business
Funger Hall 411
Washington, DC 20052
United States
(202) 994-7115

Young Hoon Kwak is an Associate Professor in the Department of Decision Sciences at The George Washington University School of Business in Washington, D.C. He received 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 guest research professor position at 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 on the editorial board for IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management (IEEE), International Journal of Project Management (Elsevier), Project Management Journal (Wiley), Journal of Management in Engineering (ASCE), 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 two-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 also served as a principal investigator of another PMI research grant to conduct a study on “Challenges and Best Practices of Managing Government Projects and Programs.”

Dr. Kwak has consulted and lectured worldwide with various organizations and presented and published numerous 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.

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