Department of Management

Devi R. Gnyawali

R. B. Pamplin Professor of Management

devi gnyawali


Office: Pamplin 2106

Office Hours:

  • W 1:00-2:00 p.m. & by appointment

Phone: 540-231-5021

Fax: 540-231-3076


B.S., Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal, 1979
M.S., Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal, 1983
Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 1997


Devi R. Gnyawali (Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh) is Professor of Management at Virginia Tech. Dr. Gnyawali's research seeks to understand how firms acquire and develop intangible relational resources (such as network of relationships and resources held by alliance partners) and internal resources (such as technology, shared knowledge, and human capital) and how they leverage such resources to become better competitors and to create competitive advantages. Another important stream of his research examines drivers, dynamics, and consequences of coopetition (simultaneous pursuit of collaboration and competition between firms). His research has been published or forthcoming in various prestigious journals, including Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Information Systems Research, Journal of Management, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Product Innovation Management, Journal of Small Business Management, and Management International Review. His research has won awards from the Academy of Management Review, Group & Organization Management, Strategic Management Society, and Academy of Management. He has presented papers at various national and international conferences.

Dr. Gnyawali teaches strategic management, technology management, international management, and entrepreneurship. He has taught classes to undergraduate, MBA, PMBA, EMBA, and Ph.D. students and has received awards for Teaching Excellence. He has also taught in a distant learning environment through televised MBA courses and on-line courses. He also teaches in management and professional development programs. He has taken students to Asia in summer to visit world-class companies such as Toyota, Sony, Canon, Omron, GE, Disney, Boeing, Coca-Cola, Alcoa, Samsung, Hyundai, SK Telecom, and LG.

Dr. Gnyawali has many years of international experience and has traveled extensively. He has managed business consulting service organizations, and served as a consultant for government and non-government organizations in several countries including Germany, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Malawi, and Nepal. He has helped several organizations to plan and implement entrepreneurship development programs and trained trainers and entrepreneurs worldwide. He has also trained and consulted on various aspects of strategic management.

Dr. Gnyawali is a member of the Editorial Board of the Academy of Management Review and Journal of Management. Additionally, he serves as an ad-hoc reviewer for other prestigious journals including Strategic Management Journal, Academy of Management Journal, and Journal of Management Studies. He also reviews papers for national meetings of the Academy of Management and has received Outstanding Reviewer Award. At Virginia Tech, Dr. Gnyawali has served on several commissions and committees including Commission on Outreach and International Affairs, Commission on Equal Opportunity and Diversity, International Programs Committee, and East Asia Group. He also served on the Membership Committee of the Academy of Management for five years.