Devi R. Gnyawali

Dr. Devi R. Gnyawali is R. B. Pamplin Professor of Management and Director of Graduate Programs at the Department of Management, Pamplin College of Business, Virginia Tech, USA. Dr. Gnyawali is an Associate Editor of Journal of Management, and a member of the Editorial Board of Academy of Management Review. He also serves as a reviewer for several other premier business journals and international conferences. He has worked in research projects with faculty and doctoral students from international universities, has made invited keynote presentations at international conferences, has organized and chaired professional conferences, and has served as an opponent and external member of doctoral dissertations. Prior to joining the academia, he has managed and consulted with organizations that were focused on developing entrepreneurial ventures and entrepreneurial environments in various countries.

Dr. Gnyawali’s current research seeks to understand how firms compete and create competitive advantage through business strategy. The overarching research questions he has investigated are how firms acquire external resources possessed by their strategic alliance partners, how they develop internal resources such as technology and shared knowledge, and how they leverage external and internal resources to become better competitors and to create competitive advantages. Another important area of his research examines why and how firms simultaneously compete and collaborate with each other (or engage in co-opetition) and what the implications are of such co-opetition. One of his published papers urges small and medium enterprises to consider co-opetition as a strategy so that they can collectively develop their ability to compete against large firms. His research has been published in premier business journals and has won awards from national and international conferences and journals.

Dr. Gnyawali’s teaching and consulting expertise are in the areas of strategic management, entrepreneurship, management of technology and innovation, and international management. He has taught classes to undergraduate, full-time MBA, Professional MBA, Executive MBA, and Ph.D. students and has received awards for teaching excellence. He has led Virginia Tech’s business study abroad program to Asia and has taken several groups of Virginia Tech students to Japan, China, South Korea, and Hong Kong.

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