Kevin W. Lee is a PhD Candidate in Management and Organizations at New York University's Stern School of Business. He will be joining the University of British Columbia's Sauder School of Business as an Assistant Professor of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources in the summer of 2022.
Kevin's research concerns the changing nature of work and organizing: the dramatic transformations brought about by our societies’ pursuit of progress, efficiency, and rationality, often embodied in our embrace of technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship. He has paid special attention to a question emblematic of our lived experience of these changes: caught as we are between the past and the future, who and what have we been defining as valuable and worthy enough to take with us, as opposed to leave behind? Pursuant to these interests, his dissertation is an ethnographic study of a startup, developing an AI that is threatening a form of work long used to distinguish humans from machines: artistic expression, here in the form of music composition.
Kevin has presented this research at leading conferences in the fields of organization theory and sociology, including conferences of the Academy of Management, the American Sociological Association, and the European Group on Organizational Studies. Among other awards, he is the recipient of the Microsoft Fellowship for the Study of the Future of Work and Organizations, a fellowship from the Fubon Center for Technology, Business, and Innovation, and a runner-up recognition for the Best Entrepreneurship Paper Award from the Academy of Management's Organization and Management Theory (OMT) division. He is also currently serving on the leadership of the OMT division, as Social Media co-chair.
Kevin received an undergraduate degree from Columbia University, where he helped to inaugurate a university-wide program aimed at supporting student, faculty, and alumni entrepreneurship and technological innovation. Before starting graduate school, he began his career working in Manhattan as a strategy consultant to some of Wall Street's most prominent financial institutions, witnessing first-hand their disruption by entrepreneurs and technologists at the cutting edge of the digital revolution.