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Lynn Wu

Assistant Professor
Operations and Information Management
The Wharton School


561 Jon M. Huntsman Hall
3730 Walnut St.
Philadelphia,  PA 19107.6340
Phone: (215) 898-2829 (office)
Email: Lynn Wu

About Me


I am an assistant professor at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. I received my Ph.D from MIT Sloan School of Management, specializing in the economics of information technology.

Broadly speaking, I am interested in studying how information and information technology impact the productivity and performance of information workers, organization and broad sectors of economy. Specifically, my work follows two streams. In the first stream, I study how factors such as social networks and human capital affect on worker productivity in an organization. I examine the mechanism of how workers obtain work knowledge and job opportunities through social networks and information technologies and if that translates to better prediction for work performance. In my second stream of research, I examine the role of investment in IT and complementary organizational practices to explain how firms can achieve greater business value from IT.

Previously, I worked at IBM Research. I received a Bachelor and a Master degree from Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department (EECS) at MIT. I spent four years working in the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). I did my master's thesis with Boris Katz' Infolab. I also hold a Bachelor degree in Finance from the MIT Sloan School of Management.


Research Papers


Lynn Wu, "Social Network Effects on Productivity and Job Security: Evidence From the Adoption of a Social Networking Tool", Information System Research, 2013.

Sinan Aral, Erik Brynjolfsson, Lynn Wu, "Three Way Complimentarities: Performance Pay, HR Analytics and Information Technology", Management Science, 2012.

Xitong Li, Lynn Wu, "Herding and Social-Network Word-of-Mouth: Evidence from Groupon", Best Paper Award HICSS, 2013; WISE 2012.

Lynn Wu, Erik Brynjolfsson
"The Future of Prediction: How Google Searches Foreshadow Housing Prices and Sales", NBER Conference Technological Progress & Productivity Measurement, 2009; WISE, 2009; ICIS, 2009.

Ching-Yung Lin, Lynn Wu, Zhen Wen, Hanghang Tong, Vicky Griffiths-Fisher, Lei Shi, David Lubensky "Social Network Analysis in Enterprise Proceedings of the IEEE 100(9): 2759-2776, 2012.

Lynn Wu, Ben Waber, Sinan Aral, Erik Brynjolfsson, Sandy Pentland, "Mining Face-to-Face Interaction Networks Using Sociometric Badges: Evidence Predicting Productivity in IT Configuration" , Best Paper Award - ICIS, 2008.

Aykut Firat, Lynn Wu, Stuart Madnick, "General Strategy for Querying Web Sources in a Data Federation Environment", Journal of Database Management, Volume 20, Issue 2, 2009.

Sinan Aral, Lynn Wu, Vincenzo Morabito, "Regional Economic Context and the Value of Firm-Level IT Investments", WISE, 2007.

Lynn Wu, Aykut Firat, Tarik Alatovic, Stuart Madnick, "Querying Web-Sources within a Data Federation", ICIS, 2006.

Patents and Grants


Sean Fay, Glen Salmon, Dan Smith, Lynn Wu, USER INTERFACE FOR CONDUCTING CHATS OVER A NETWORK, International patent Pub. No.:WO/2004/066058, issued January, 2004

Co-Investigator with Erik Brynjolfsson, HP Labs Innovation Research Awards, 2008

Co-Investigator with Erik Brynjolfsson, Google Research Awards, 2008

Teaching Experiences



Teaching assistant for 15.575 Research Seminar in Information Technology and Organizations: Economic Perspectives, Spring 2008

Teaching assistant for 15.578 Global Information Systems: Strategic, Technical, and Organizational Perspectives, Spring 2007

Teaching assistant for 6.041 Probabilistic System Analysis & Applied Probability, Spring 2003

Grader for 6.046 Introduction to Algorithms, Fall 2002

Grader for 6.002 Electronic Circuits, Fall 2000