Specializations

  • Sociotechnical Information Systems
  • Economics of Innovation
  • Entrepreneurship

Biography

Dr. Mike H.M. Teodorescu is an Assistant Professor in the Information School at the University of Washington. His research and teaching interests encompass machine learning fairness, technology innovation and adoption, intellectual property, and entrepreneurship.

Through collaborations with USAID, MIT, and Harvard, he has brought a rigorous, information systems approach to the ethics of AI and ML fairness - powerful tech increasingly affecting everything from hiring to lending to security across the globe. He has also partnered with U.S. Patent and Trademark Office leadership to study strategic use of patents by firms, with a focus on effects of patent policy on priorities like green technology and gender and socioeconomic equity in invention.

He serves on the Strategic Management Journal Editorial Review Board and is joining the Editorial Board for Journal of the Association for Information Systems for the Special Issue on Digital Responsibility starting November 2022. He is a longstanding INFORMS, AOM, and IEEE member.

Prior to joining the UW, he was a faculty member at Boston College and a Visiting Scholar at MIT D-Lab, and cofounded the medtech social enterprise SurgiBox to improve access to quality healthcare globally. He has published widely in information systems, business, policy, technology, and global development journals as well as an HBS teaching materials; and is also the holder of several patents.

Teodorescu earned his Doctorate from Harvard Business School and his Computer Science bachelor’s cum laude from Harvard University.

Education

  • Ph D, Doctor of Business Administration, Field: Strategy, Harvard Business School, 2018
  • BA, Computer Science, Harvard University, 2011

Awards

  • Best Paper Technology Innovation Management, AOM Annual Meeting 2022 - Academy of Management, 2022-2022
  • Best Paper Runner-Up Technology Innovation Management (Second paper at AOM Annual Meeting 2022) - Academy of Management, 2022
  • Illumination Award - Boston College, 2022
  • Best Paper Proceedings (TIM Division) - Academy of Management, 2019
  • Platinum Award - MassChallenge, 2018
  • “Creating Hope in Conflict” winner - Humanitarian Grand Challenges, 2018
  • Beazley Designs of the Year People’s Choice Winner - Design Museum London, 2018
  • Certificate of Appreciation - US Patent and Trademark Office, 2017
  • Ship-It Award - MICROSOFT, 2013
  • Gold Medal - EUROINVENT Invention Fair, 2012
  • Bok Award in Teaching - Harvard University, 2011
  • Gold Medal - EUROINVENT Invention Fair, 2011
  • Gold Medal - INVENTICA Fair, 2011
  • Outstanding Poster Presentation Award - Society for Mathematics in Biology, 2010
  • Grand Prize Winner - Annual International NASA Space Settlement Design Contest, 2005
  • Grand Prize Winner - Annual International NASA Space Settlement Design Contest, 2003

Publications and Contributions

  • Conference Paper
    Closing the Gender Gap in Patenting: Evidence from a Randomized Control Trial at the USPTO (2022)
    Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings [AOM Conference Technology Innovation Management Best Paper Runner-Up 2022] Authors: Nicholas Pairolero, Andrew Toole, Charles deGrazia, Mike Teodorescu, Peter-Anthony Pappas
  • Working Paper
    Determining systematic differences in human graders for machine learning-based automated hiring (2022)
    Brookings Institution Working Paper Series Authors: Mike Teodorescu, Nailiya Ordabayeva, Marios Kokkodis, Abhishek Unnam, Varun Aggarwal
  • Working Paper
    Raising the Volume on Fairness in Speech Technology (2022)
    Academy of Management 2021 Authors: Mike Teodorescu, L. Morse, M. Geiger
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    Role of context in knowledge flows: Host country versus headquarters as sources of MNC subsidiary knowledge inheritance (2022)
    Global Strategy Journal Authors: Mike Teodorescu, Prithwiraj Choudhury, Tarun Khanna
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    A Paradigm Shift in Critical Care Infrastructure in Complex Settings: Evaluating an Ultraportable Operating Room to Improve Field Surgical Safety (2021)
    Military Medicine Authors: D. L. Teodorescu, S, Okajima, Moten A, Mike Teodorescu, M. El Hechi, S.. Gutierrez-Arango, K. Meier, R. Smalley, D. R. King
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    Do the Ends Justify the Means? Variation in the Distributive and Procedural Fairness of Machine Learning Algorithms (2021)
    Journal of Business Ethics [Financial Times 50 ranked journal] Authors: Lily Morse, Mike Teodorescu, Yazeed Awwad, Gerald Kane
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    Examination Incentives, Learning, and Patent Office Outcomes: The Use of Examiner's Amendments at the USPTO (2021)
    Research Policy (all junior faculty coauthors; extended abstract selected for AOM Best Paper Proceedings) [Financial Times 50 ranked journal] Authors: Charles deGrazia, Nicholas Pairolero, Mike Teodorescu (alphabetical)
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    Failures of Fairness Through Automation: A Typology for Exploring Human-AI Augmentation in Organizations (2021)
    MIS Quarterly [Financial Times 50 ranked journal] Authors: Mike Teodorescu, Lily Morse, Yazeed Awwad, Gerald Kane (MT and LM shared first authorship)
  • Conference Paper
    Machine Learning Fairness is Computationally Difficult and Algorithmically Unsatisfactorily Solved (2021)
    Proceedings of IEEE High Performance Extreme Computing 2021 Authors: Mike Teodorescu, Xinyu Yao
  • Working Paper
    Preserving Location Privacy for Mobile Phones with Homomorphic Encryption: The False Position Protocol (2021)
    Authors: Mike Teodorescu, Sam Ransbotham
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    The Track One Pilot Program: Who Benefits from Prioritized Examination? (2021)
    Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal [Financial Times 50 ranked journal] Authors: Jeffrey Kuhn, Mike Teodorescu (all junior coauthors)
  • Conference Paper
    An Open Design for an Air Flow and Pressure Control Circuit for Medical Devices (2020)
    2020 International Conference on Applied Electronics Authors: Mike Teodorescu, H.N. Teodorescu
  • Grant Report
    Exploring Fairness in Machine Learning for International Development (2020)
    CITE Report, MIT D-Lab Authors: Y. Awwad, R. Fletcher, D. Frey, A. Gandhi, M. Najafian, Mike Teodorescu (alphabetical)
  • Conference Paper
    Seeking Ethical use of Algorithms: Challenges and Mitigations (2020)
    International Conference on Information Systems 2020 Proceedings Authors: Monideepa Tarafdar, Mike Teodorescu, Huseyin Tanriverdi, Lionel Robert, Lily Morse
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    User-centred innovation to advance safe surgery at the point of need: report on development of the SurgiField system (2020)
    British Medical Journal Innovations Authors: Debbie Teodorescu, Sashidhar Jonnalagedda, Atif Rakin, Mike Teodorescu, Macauley Kenney, Julian Greene, Steven Bokshan, Hassan Mashbari, Asad Moten, Osaid Alser, Robert D Sinyard III, Ander Dorken-Gallastegi, Arnav Mahajan, Robert J. Smalley, Daniel Frey, David R. King, Meena N. Cherian
  • Conference Paper
    Revisiting the Impact of USPTO Examiner Incentives: Learning and Patent Office Outcomes (2019)
    Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings [Selection: About 10% are included in best paper proceedings] Authors: C. deGrazia, N.A. Pairolero, Mike Teodorescu (alphabetical)
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    Convolutional Gravitational Models for Economic Exchanges: Mathematical Extensions for Dynamic Processes and Knowledge Flows (2018)
    Human Factors, Business Management and Society Author: Mike Teodorescu
  • Business Case
    Shopkick: The Power of Shopper Data (2018)
    Harvard Business School Case 517-069 Authors: John Deighton, Allison Ciechanover, Mike Teodorescu
  • Business Case
    Big Data in Marketing (2016)
    Harvard Business School Course Overview Note 517-077 Authors: Deighton John, Mike Teodorescu
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    A Review of Swarm-Based 1D/2D Signal Processing (2012)
    Memoirs of the Scientific Sections of the Romanian Academy Author: Mike Teodorescu
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    A Collective Biological Processing Algorithm for EKG Signals (2011)
    BIOSIGNALS 2011 Author: Mike Teodorescu
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    Swarm Filtering and Application to MRI Mammography (2010)
    Polibits Author: Mike Teodorescu
  • Conference Paper
    Effects of Pseudo-Lensing and Pseudo-Dispersion in Curved Radiation Shields and Collimators: Effects on Measurements (2007)
    Sensors for Harsh Environments III, In SPIE Proceedings Author: Mike Teodorescu
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    Radiation Passive Shield Analysis and Design for Space Applications (2005)
    SAE Transactions Journal of Aerospace Author: Mike Teodorescu

Presentations

  • AI and Emerging Technologies Track: Artificial Intelligence and Ethics (2022)
    2022 Annual Academy of Management conference - Seattle, WA
  • Challenges facing independent inventors: Do patents help? (2022)
    EPIP 2022 - Cambridge, UK
  • Closing the gender gap in patenting: Evidence from a randomized control trial at the USPTO (2022)
    EPIP 2022 - Cambridge, UK
  • Patents and the inventor lifecycle: Evidence from a randomized control trial (2022)
    American Economics Association Annual Meeting, 2022 ASSA/SGE Sessions - Virtual
  • Computational Approaches to Studying Organizations and Markets New Methodological Frontiers (2021)
    AOM 2021 (peer reviewed) (forthcoming) - Forthcoming
  • Do corporate contributions spur innovative activity in online crowdsourced goods? Evidence from the Linux kernel (2021)
    Session Corporate Innovation and Renewal, ISA 2021 (peer reviewed) - Virtual
  • Human vs. Machine: Biases in Hiring Decisions* (Invited) (2021)
    Brookings CRM Artificial intelligence authors’ conference, Brookings Institution - Virtual
  • Raising the Volume on Fairness in Speech Technology (2021)
    AOM 2021 (peer reviewed) - Virtual
  • A Framework for Fairer Machine Learning in Organizations (2020)
    Strategic Management Society Annual Meeting 2020 - Virtual
  • A Framework for Managing Fairer Machine Learning in Organizations (2020)
    Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2020 (peer reviewed) - Virtual
  • A Framework for Managing Fairer Machine Learning in Organizations (Best Conference Paper Finalist) (2020)
    Society for Business Ethics Annual Meeting 2020 (peer reviewed) - Virtual
  • A Framework for Managing Fairer Machine Learning in Organizations* (Invited) (2020)
    NYU AI in Strategic Management Workshop - Virtual
  • A Natural Language Processing Analysis of Changes in Patenting Behavior in Business Methods (2020)
    Accepted at Patcon 2020 (Conference Canceled due to COVID-19) - Cancelled
  • Barriers to Learning in Open Source Digital Public Goods: The Linux Kernel and Corporate Contributors (2020)
    Strategic Management Society Annual Meeting 2020 - Virtual
  • Barriers to Learning in Open Source Digital Public Goods: The Linux Kernel and Corporate Contributors (2020)
    The Statistical Conference in E-Commerce Research (SCECR 2020) - Virtual
  • Do Corporate Contributions Spur Innovative Activity in Online Crowdsourced Goods? (2020)
    Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2020 (peer reviewed) - Virtual
  • Examination Incentives, Learning, and Patent Office Outcomes: The Use of Examiner's Amendments at the USPTO (2020)
    Thirteenth Annual Conference on Innovation Economics, USPTO/ Kellogg School of Management/Northwestern Center on Law, Business, and Economics (formerly the Northwestern SEARLE Annual IP Conference) - Virtual
  • Industry Studies Association Early Career Scholars Professional Development Workshop (2020)
    Industry Studies Association Early Career Scholars Professional Development Workshop - Virtual
  • Invited Discussant (2020)
    Thirteenth Annual Conference on Innovation Economics, USPTO/ Kellogg School of Management/Northwestern Center on Law, Business, and Economics (formerly the Northwestern SEARLE Annual IP Conference) - Evanston, IL
  • Role of Context in Knowledge Flows: Host Country versus Headquarters as Sources of MNC Subsidiary Knowledge Inheritance (2020)
    AIB 2020 (competitive presentation; peer reviewed) - Virtual
  • Role of Context in Knowledge Flows: Host Country versus Headquarters as Sources* (Invited) of MNC Subsidiary Knowledge Inheritance (2020)
    Wharton Management Department Seminar - Virtual
  • Seeking Ethical use of Algorithms: Challenges and Mitigations (2020)
    ICIS 2020 (peer reviewed) - Virtual
  • SI 2020 Innovation Workshop – Invited (2020)
    National Bureau of Economic Research Summer Institute 2020 - Virtual
  • The Track One Pilot Program: Who Benefits from Prioritized Patent Examination? (2020)
    Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2020 - Virtual
  • Context in Knowledge Flows: Host Country versus Headquarters as Sources for the MNC Subsidiary (2019)
    Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2019 - Boston, MA
  • Context in Knowledge Flows: Host Country versus Headquarters as Sources for the MNC Subsidiary (2019)
    Boston College Digital Innovation Workshop 2019 - Chestnut Hill, MA
  • Do Corporate Contributions Spur Innovative Activity in Online Crowdsourced Goods? Evidence from the Linux Kernel (2019)
    Workshop on Information Systems and Economics (WISE) 2019 - Munich, Germany
  • Do Corporate Contributions Spur Innovative Activity in Online Crowdsourced Goods? Evidence from the Linux Kernel (2019)
    Strategic Management Society 39th Annual Meeting - Minneapolis, MN
  • Do Corporate Contributions Spur Innovative Activity in Online Crowdsourced Goods? Evidence from the Linux Kernel* (Invited) (2019)
    INFORMS 2019 - Virtual
  • Ethical Use Framework* (Invited) (2019)
    Convening on Exploring Fairness in Machine Learning (co-organizers Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USAID, and Ashesi University) - Accra, Ashesi University
  • How does Patent Examination Change Patent Claims? (2019)
    Intellectual Property Scholars Conference 2019 (IPSC 2019) - Chicago, IL
  • Management Research and Machine Learning* (Invited) (2019)
    Futuremark (UL Finland) - Espoo, Finland
  • Myth of the Rubber Stamp Patent: Impact of Examiner’s Amendment on the Innovation Ecosystem (2019)
    Strategic Management Society 39th Annual Meeting - Minneapolis, MN
  • Operating in Austere Environments* (Invited) (2019)
    Summer Science Program, CU Boulder - Boulder, CO
  • Power of Education Panel* (Invited) (2019)
    Ekal USA - Cambridge, MA
  • Revisiting the Impact of USPTO Examiner Incentives: Learning and Patent Office Outcomes (2019)
    Midwest Macroeconomics Meeting UGA 2019 - Athens, GA
  • Revisiting the Impact of USPTO Examiner Incentives: Learning and Patent Office Outcomes (selected in AOM Best Paper Proceedings by TIM division) (2019)
    Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2019 - Boston, MA
  • The Need for Speed: Who Benefits from Prioritized Examination? (2019)
    Roundtable on Empirical Methods in IP, co-organized by Northwestern and USPTO - Alexandria VA
  • Will Robotics and AI Lead Engineers to Rule the World?* (Invited) (2019)
    Harvard Business School - Cambridge, MA
  • Convolutional Gravitational Models for Economic Exchanges: Mathematical Extensions for Dynamic Processes and Knowledge Flows (2018)
    AHFE 2018 - Orlando, FL
  • Fairness in Machine Learning* (Invited) (2018)
    Aspiring Minds - Gurgaon, India
  • The Need for Speed: Effects of Uncertainty Reduction in Patenting (2018)
    HBS Strategy Doctoral Alumni Conference 2018 - Chicago, USA
  • The Need for Speed: Effects of Uncertainty Reduction in Patenting (2018)
    Academy of Management Annual Meeting - Chicago, USA
  • Knowledge Flows within MNCs (2017)
    Strategy Workshop, Harvard Business School - Cambridge, MA
  • Natural Language Processing Techniques for Patent Analysis in Management Research (2017)
    INFORMS 2017 - Houston, TX
  • The Need for Speed: Effects of Uncertainty Reduction in Patenting (2017)
    INFORMS Data Mining and Decision Analytics Workshop 2017 - Houston, TX
  • The Need for Speed: Effects of Uncertainty Reduction in Patenting (2017)
    HBS Strategy Faculty Seminar - Cambridge, MA
  • The Need for Speed: Effects of Uncertainty Reduction in Patenting (2017)
    INFORMS Annual Meeting 2017, Oral Session SA16 - Houston, TX
  • The Need for Speed: Effects of Uncertainty Reduction in Patenting (2017)
    Strategic Management Society 37th Annual Conference (peer reviewed) - Houston, USA
  • TIM Doctoral Consortium (2017)
    Academy of Management - Atlanta, GA
  • A Gravity Model of Knowledge Flows within Multinationals (2016)
    Strategic Management Society 36th Annual Conference - Berlin, Germany
  • Intro to Machine Learning (2016)
    USPTO Office of Chief Economist (internal talk) - Alexandria, VA
  • Modeling Innovation Flows within Multinationals through the Use of Natural Language Processing* (Invited) (2016)
    CIEL Series - Halmstad, Sweden
  • Image Re-Morphing and Feature Extraction with Swarming Algorithm* (Invited) (2010)
    Mathematical Methods in Systems Biology - Tel Aviv, Israel