BiographyPublicationsCoursesCase StudiesOther Publications Education: B.Sc., Ben-Gurion University; MSc, London School of Economics; Ph.D., MRes, London Business SchoolAssociate Professor Yael Grushka-Cockayne's research and teaching activities focus on data science, forecasting, project management, and behavioral decision making. Her research is published in numerous academic and professional journals, and she is a regular speaker at international conferences in the area of decision analysis, project management and management science. She is also an award-winning teacher, winning the Darden Morton Leadership Faculty Award in 2011, the University of Virginia's Mead-Colley Award in 2012 and the Darden Outstanding Faculty Award and Faculty Diversity Award in 2013. In 2015 she won the University of Virginia All University Teaching award. Yael teaches the core Decision Analysis course, an elective she designed on Project Management, and an elective on Data Science. She is the leader of the open enrollment courses " Project Management for Executives" and "The Women's Leadership Program".Before starting her academic career, she worked in San Francisco as a marketing director of an Israeli ERP company. As an expert in the areas of project management, she has served as a consultant to international firms in the aerospace and pharma industries. She is a UVA Excellence in Diversity fellow and a member of INFORMS, the Decision Analysis Society, the Operational Research Society and the Project Management Institute (PMI). She is an Associate Editor at Management Science and Operation Research and the Secretary/Treasurer of the INFORMS Decision Analysis Society.In 2014, Yael was named one of "21 Thought-Leader Professors" in Data Science. Yael's recent " Fundamentals of Project Planning and Management" Coursera MOOC had over 100,000 enrolled, across 200 countries worldwide.Selected PublicationsY. Grushka-Cockayne, V. R. R. Jose and K. C. Lichtendahl Jr. 2015. Ensembles of Overfit and Overconfident Forecasts. Forthcoming, Management Science.Kettunen, J., Y. Grushka-Cockayne., B. De Reyck and Z. Degraeve. 2015. The Value of New Product Development Flexibility in Competitive Environments. European Journal of Operations Research, 244 (3), 892-904.P. E. Pfeifer., Y. Grushka-Cockayne and K. C. Lichtendahl Jr. 2014. The Promise of Prediction Contests. The American Statistician, 68 (4), 264-270.Chao, R.O., K. C. Lichtendahl Jr. and Y. Grushka-Cockayne. 2014. Incentives in a Stage-Gate Process. Production and Operations Management, 23 (8), 1286-1298.Jose, V. R. R., Y. Grushka-Cockayne and K. C. Lichtendahl Jr. 2014. Trimmed Opinion Pools and the Crowd's Calibration Problem. Management Science, 60 (2), 463-475.Lichtendahl, Jr. Kenneth C., Yael Grushka-Cockayne, and Phil Pfeifer. The Wisdom of Competitive Crowds, Operations Research, 61 (6): 1383-1398.Lichtendahl, K.C. Jr., Y. Grushka-Cockayne and R. Winkler. Is It Better to Average Probabilities or Quantiles?Management Science, 59 (7), 1594-1611.Read, D. and Y. Grushka-Cockayne. (2011). The Similarity Heuristic, Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, 24 (1), 23-46.Grushka-Cockayne, Y., B. De Reyck. (2009). Towards a single European sky. Interfaces, 39 (5), 400-414.Grushka-Cockayne, Y., B. De Reyck, Z. Degraeve. (2008). An integrated decision-making approach for improving European air traffic management. Management Science, 54 (8), 1395-1409.De Reyck, B., Y. Grushka-Cockayne, R. Leus. (2007). A new challenge in project scheduling: the incorporation of activity failures. Journal of Economics and Management, LII (3), 411-434.De Reyck, B., Y. Grushka-Cockayne, M. Lockett, S. R. Calderini, M. Moura, A. Sloper. (2005). The impact of project portfolio management on information technology projects. International Journal of Project Management, 23 (7), 524-537.Working PapersGrushka-Cockayne Y., K. C. Lichtendahl Jr., V. R. R. Jose and R. L. Winkler. 2015. Quantile Evaluation, Sensitivity to Bracketing, and Sharing Business Payoffs. Under Review.Work in ProgressGrushka-Cockayne Y., K. C. Lichtendahl Jr. and D. Read. Failure to Replicate Hyperbolic Discounting in Large-Scale Studies.Guo X., Y. Grushka-Cockayne and K. C. Lichtendahl Jr. Exponential Smoothing Model with a Turning Point.Y. Grushka-Cockayne, S. Erat and J. Wooten. New Product Development and Project Management Decisions, in Donohue K., E. Katok and S. Leider. Eds. Handbook of Behavioral Operations. Wiley and Son.MBA CoursesFirst Year Decision Analysis Project Management Second Year Elective NOLS CourseThe Business of Film - The Cannes Film Festival Elective Executive Education CoursesProject Management for Executives - D.C. Course Strategic Analysis and Decision-MakingOnline CoursesFundamentals of Project Planning and ManagementAdvancing knowledge through research that shapes business, Darden professors are recognized thought leaders in their fields. They are not only master case method teachers, they also author many of the cases used in Darden classrooms and around the world.Yael Grushka-Cockayne's cases are available in the Darden Business Publishing website.R PackagetrimTrees, Y. Grushka-Cockayne, V. R. R. Jose, K. C. Lichtendahl Jr. and H. Zeng. 2014.Non-Academic JournalsGrushka-Cockayne Y., V. Holzmann, H. Weisz and D. Zitter. 2015. A New Hybrid Approach for Selecting a Project Management Methodology. Proceedings of the PMI North American Congress.Grushka-Cockayne, Y. and Kenneth C. Lichtendahl, Jr., Is it better to trust the best expert, or the average of a group of experts? Case in Point, The Washington Post, (16 November 2013).Eubanks, D. L., D. Read and Y. Grushka-Cockayne.(2013). Biases as a Constraint on Planning Performance, in Frese M. and M. Mumford, Eds. Organizational Planning: The Psychology of Performance, forthcoming.Laseter, T., K. C. Lichtendahl Jr., Y. Grushka-Cockayne.(2010). Cleaning the Crystal Ball. 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