Kevin W. Lee is a PhD Candidate in Management and Organizations at New York University's Leonard N. Stern School of Business. He holds a Microsoft Fellowship for the Study of the Future of Work and Organizations, the NYU Stern Sydney Winters Fellowship, the Fubon Center for Technology, Business, & Innovation's Doctoral Fellowship, and an affiliation with the Future of Work & Organizations initiative.
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 the Academy of Management conference, the American Sociological Association conference, and the INFORMS College on Organization Science program. Among other awards, his paper with Damon Phillips was selected by the Academy of Management's Organization and Management Theory (OMT) division as the runner-up for the Best Entrepreneurship Paper Award. He has also been serving as the OMT division's Social Media co-chair, and as an editorial committee member of the Administrative Science Quarterly's student blog.
Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Kevin received an undergraduate degree from Columbia University in 2014, 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.