The Ph.D. program in Business Administration with a major in Management in the Pamplin College of Business is dedicated to developing the next generation of research faculty at top academic institutions.

Recent Doctoral Student Research
  • Gnyawali, D.R. &. Song, Y. Rigor in coopetition research: A call for further conceptual and empirical precision, Industrial Marketing Management
  • Gove, S., Junkunc, M., Bruyaka, O., de Castro L.R.K., Kintana, M.L., Mingo, S., Song, Y. & Thakur, P. 2015. Moving Corporate governance beyond dichotomous variables: Three studies on the measurement of CEO duality and its effect on clawback adoption, Corporate Governance: An International Review
  • Matuszak, S. (2013). Community-bases nonprofits’ barriers to leaverageing communication technology for managing critical stakeholder relationships. Manuscript accepted at Business Research Yearbook.
  • Samant, S., Hatfield, D., & Thakur Wernz, P. (2015). Technology catch-up in emerging economies: Mature versus emerging technologies. Paper to be presented at the 2015 AOM Annual Meeting and 2015 AIB Annual Meeting.
  • Song,Y. & Gnyawali, D.R. 2015. Does absorptive capacity really matter? Insights from meta-analysis. Under review, 2015 Strategic Management Society Conference.

http://denver.strategicmanagement.net/tools/schedule/sessionDetails?id=105

  • Thakur Wernz, P., & Samant, S. (2015). The relationship between internationalization and innovation in emerging economy firms.Academy of Management Proceedings.
  • Song, Y., Junkunc, M. & Townsend, D.M. 2015. Cash out or sell out? Psychological ownership and acquisition after IPO. Under review, 2015 Strategic Management Society Conference.
  • Zhou, S., Gnyawali, DR., & Srivastava, M. (2015). “Innovation Aspiration and Alliance Knowledge Search: a Behavioral Lens”. To be submitted to the Strategic Management Journal

http://ky.shufe.edu.cn/structure/kyc/xshdnr_171379_1.htm

  • Thakur Wernz, P., & Samant, S. (2015). The relationship between internationalization and innovation in emerging economy firms. Paper to be presented at the 2015 AOM Annual Meeting and 2015 AIB Annual Meeting
  • Poria, Y., Singal, M., Wokutch, R. E., & Hong, M.. (2014). Hotels’ social responsiveness toward a community in crisis. International Journal of Hospitality Management, 39, 84-86.

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0278431914000279

  • Singal, M., Wokutch, R., Poria, Y., & Hong, M.. (2014) “Ethical Decision-making in Extreme Operating Environments: Kew Garden Principles and Strategic CSR in Three Scenarios”, Business & Professional Ethics Journal, 33(2): 211-252.
Conference Proceedings & Presentations
  • E. Asgari, R. Hunt (2015) “The Curious Case of Corporate Spin-ins: Generating Profits or Problems?” Paper to be presented at the 2015 BABSON Conference.

http://www.babson.edu/Academics/centers/blank-center/bcerc/Documents/2015%20BCERC%20Paper%20Presentation%20Summaries%20-%20%20Author%20Information.pdf

  •  Eury, J. L., S., Brymer, R. A., Smith, J. G., Pichler, S., Sheremata, W., Loyd, D. L., & Block, E. S. (2015). Personal, Relational, and Structural/Organizational Work-Life Change. In Hurst, C., Eury, J. L. Knippen, J. M., & Kossek, E. E. (Organizers-Chairs), Changing the Conversation about Work-Life in the Academy to Transform Organizations. Symposium conducted at the meeting of the Academy of Management, Vancouver, CA.
  • Eury, J. L., Matuszak, S., Brymer, R. A., Smith, J. G., Pichler, S., Sheremata, W., Loyd, D. L., & Block, E. S. (2015). Personal, Relational, and Structural/Organizational Work-Life Change. In Hurst, C., Eury, J. L. Knippen, J. M., & Kossek, E. E. (Organizers-Chairs),Changing the Conversation about Work-Life in the Academy to Transform Organizations. Symposium conducted at the meeting of the Academy of Management, Vancouver, CA.
  • Flynn, J.P., (2015, April). Mentoring: A dynamic and socially driven process of learning. Poster accepted at the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Hong, M.. & Cobb, A.T. “Unintended Consequence of Social Accounting: Explanations and Unethical Behaviors”, Academy of Management, Vancouver, Canada, 2015.

http://proceedings.aom.org/content/2015/1/14925.abstract

  • Hunt, R.A. & Song. Y. 2015. Internationalizing entrepreneurs: Bridging real options reasoning and affordable loss logics. To be presented at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Vancouver, BC. Selected as one of the Best Papers and will be included in the AoM Best Paper Proceedings.

http://proceedings.aom.org/content/2015/1/10013?cited-by=yes&legid=amproc;2015/1/10013

  • Song,Y. & Gnyawali, D.R. 2015. Does absorptive capacity matter in leveraging external knowledge? Insights from meta-analysis. To be presented at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Vancouver, BC.

http://proceedings.aom.org/content/2015/1/12113.short

  • Zhou, S., Gnyawali, D.R., Srivastava, M.K. & Song, Y. 2015. Innovation aspiration and alliance knowledge search: A behavioral lens. To be presented at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Vancouver, BC.
  • Zhou, S., Gnyawali, DR., & Srivastava, M. (2015). “When does familiarity matter? Benefitting from alliance partners’ pioneering knowledge for innovation” A paper to be presented at the 2015 Annual Strategic Management Society Conference, Denver, Colorado

http://denver.strategicmanagement.net/tools/schedule/sessionDetails?id=262

  • Zhou, S., Gnyawali, DR., & Srivastava, M (2015). “When Do Alliances Become Unattractive for Knowledge Search? The Role of Innovation Performance” A paper to be presented at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

http://proceedings.aom.org/content/2015/1/13848.short

  • Zimmerman, Ryan, Flynn, J.P., Swider, Brian, Arthur, Jeffrey, (2015, April) Extra work on- and off-the-job: Differentiating occupational versus organizational turnover. Poster accepted at the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Naar, Alex, Richard E. Wokutch, and Nancy McGehee. (2015) “Organizational Structure and Public Private Partnerships in the Context of U.S. Sustainable Tourism Certification Programs.” International Association of Business and Society (IABS) Conference, Guanacaste, Costa Rica, March 2015.
  • Barnes, C.M., Hong, M.., & Scott, B. “Collateral Damage from the Show: Emotional Labor and Unethical Behavior”, Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP), Honolulu, Hawaii, 2014.
  • Carlson, K., & Matuszak, S. (June, 2014). Staffing cycles, retention, & turn-over functionality. International Human Resources Information Management Association (IHRIM) Conference Educational Session, Anaheim, CA.
  • Flynn, J.P., (2014, May). Uncovering functionality of turnover within the R&D process. Poster presented at the Regenerative Medicine Retreat at Mountain Lake Lodge. Virginia Tech Interdisciplinary Graduate Education Program, Blacksburg, VA.
  • Hsu, D., Leung, A., and Hong, M.. “Revising the theory of planned behavior: the role of perceived person-entrepreneurship fit.” Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference, London, Toronto, Canada, 2014.
  • Matuszak, S. (2014). The power of no words: Implications of stakes on assessing business students’ oral skills apprehension. Paper to be presented at the 2014 Academy of Management (AOM) Meeting – Philadelphia, PA.

http://proceedings.aom.org/content/2014/1/16416.abstract?related-urls=yes&legid=amproc;2014/1/16416

  • Song, Y., Junkunc, M. & Townsend, D.M. 2014. Secondary shares and firm performance: The impact of ownership structure change at IPO on firm growth. Presented at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Philadelphia, PA.

http://proceedings.aom.org/content/2014/1/12306.short?related-urls=yes&legid=amproc;2014/1/12306

  • Song, Y., Gnyawali, DR., & Zhou, S. (2014). “Behavioral Challenges in Absorptive Capacity Development: A Conceptual Model”. A paper presented at the 2014 Mid-Atlantic Strategy Colloquium, Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Song,Y., Gnyawali, D.R. & Zhou, S. 2014. Behavioral challenges in absorptive capacity development: A conceptual model. Presented at the Mid-Atlantic Strategy Colloquium, Knoxville, TN.
  • Zhou, S., Gnyawali, DR., Srivastava, M., & Song, Y. (2014). “How Prior Performance and Technological Strength Impact Knowledge Utilization: A Behavioral Explanation” A paper presented at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Zhou, S., Gnyawali, D.R., Srivastava, M.K. & Song, Y. 2014. How performance and technological strength impact knowledge utilization: A behavioral explanation. Presented at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Philadelphia, PA.

http://proceedings.aom.org/content/2014/1/12932?related-urls=yes&legid=amproc;2014/1/12932

  • Matuszak, S., & Wojdynski, B., & Carlson, K. (2013, June). Looks good to me… or not: The impact of Web site aesthetics on online job seekers. Paper presented at the International Communication Division, London, England.

http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p_mla_apa_research_citation/6/4/1/8/5/p641853_index.html

  • Matuszak, S. (2013, March). Whose crisis is it anyway? The improvisational nature of crisis and subsequent implications for training communication and organizational leaders. Paper presented at the Michigan Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letter 2913 Annual Conference, Holland, MI.
  • Matuszak, S. (2013, February). I Kant believe what I am seeing… literally: A Kantian approach to the ethics of using Internet searches and social networking sites for applicant screening. Paper presented at the 26th Annual Communication Ethics Conference, Azusa, CA.
  • Naar, Alex and Kline, Carol, (2013) A Comprehensive Approach to Trail Based Tourism Development, N.C. Bike Summit, Carrboro, NC.
  • Naar, Alex, (2013) Tourism Through a New Lens, International Association of Conference Center Administrators, Fort Caswell, NC.
  • Samant, S., & Thakur Wernz, P. (2013, July). Innovation in emerging economies: mechanisms of innovation employed by indigenous firms. Paper presented at the paper development workshop at the 2013 Academy of International Business Annual Meeting, Istanbul, Turkey.
  • Singal, M., Wokutch, R., Poria, Y., & Hong, M.. “Ethical Decision-making in Extreme Operating Environments: Kew Garden Principles and Strategic CSR in Three Scenarios”, Academy of Management, Orlando, FL, 2013.
  • Song, Y. & Junkunc, M. 2013. Knowledge, ownership structure change at IPO, and firm performance. Presented at the 2013 Annual International Conference of the Strategic Management Society, Atlanta, GA.

http://atlanta.strategicmanagement.net/tools/schedule/sessionDetails?id=48

  • Wokutch, R. E., Singal, M., Poria, Y., & Hong, M.. (2013, January). Crisis situations and role of strategic CSR in decision-making. Academy of Management Proceedings (Vol. 2013, No. 1, p. 16136).

http://proceedings.aom.org/content/2013/1/16136.short?related-urls=yes&legid=amproc;2013/1/16136

  • Wokutch, R., Singal, M., Poria, Y., & Hong, M.. “Crisis situations and role of strategic CSR in decision-making” Society for Business Ethics, Orlando, FL, 2013.

http://proceedings.aom.org/content/2013/1/16136.short?related-urls=yes&legid=amproc;2013/1/16136

  • Zhou, S and Gnyawali, DR. (2013) “Pooling and Leveraging Knowledge in Changing Networks: The Role of Network Vitality on Innovation” A paper presented at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Orlando, Florida

http://proceedings.aom.org/content/2013/1/13230?relatedurls=yes&legid=amproc;2013/1/13230

  • Matuszak, S. (2012, November). Prophetic imagination: Balancing criticizing and energizing to create spiritual community that fosters secular action: Bono’s 2006 National Prayer Breakfast keynote. Paper presented at the National Communication Association Conference, Orlando, FL.
  • Mitra, R. (Chair), Matuszak, S. (presenter), (2012, November). Who are we anyway? A multimedia discussion about academia, industry, and organizational community research. Panel presented at the 2012 National Communication Association Annual Conference, Orlando, FL.
  • Carlson, Kevin D., Watson, Richard C., Flynn, J.P., Herdman, Andrew O., Mecham III, Ross L., (2012, August) Turnover Dynamics: Insights into Variance in Turnover Functionality . Presented paper at the Academy of Management, Boston, MA.
  • Carlson, Kevin D., Zeitzmann, Hanko K., Flynn, J. P., (2012, August) Add Artifact Control Variables Last in Hierarchical Regression Analyses. Academy of Management, Boston, MA.
  • Carlson, Kevin D., Herdman, Andrew O., Mecham III, Ross L., Watson, Richard C., Flynn, J.P., ( 2012, April). The evolution of workforce analytics: Impressions for science and practice. Presented poster at the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, San Diego, CA.
  • Carlson, Kevin D., Watson, Richard C., Flynn, J.P., Herdman, Andrew O., Mecham III, Ross L., (2012, April). Rethinking turnover: From managing rates to employee flows. Presented poster at the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, San Diego, CA.
  • Hsu, D.K., Hong, M.., & Burmeister-Lamp, K. (2012) “People don’t Always Grieve after Failure: The Psychological Ownership Perspective”, Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research.

http://eds.b.ebscohost.com/abstract?site=eds&scope=site&jrnl=07407416&AN=94339982&h=NW%2bMZuFE%2bJAKOuyr4FB9ENdeL6z2TxACUwWbxQnKQUzyQIF7X3jqYHCL2HNq2FqtB8yGhOb3JsRC0GXZDgBwnA%3d%3d&crl=f&resultLocal=ErrCrlNoResults&resultNs=Ehost&crlhashurl=login.aspx%3fdirect%3dtrue%26profile%3dehost%26scope%3dsite%26authtype%3dcrawler%26jrnl%3d07407416%26AN%3d94339982

  • Hsu, D.K., Hong, M.., & Burmeister-Lamp, K. “People don’t Always Grieve after Failure: The Psychological Ownership Perspective”, Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference, Dallas, TX, USA, 2012.

http://eds.b.ebscohost.com/abstract?site=eds&scope=site&jrnl=07407416&AN=94339982&h=NW%2bMZuFE%2bJAKOuyr4FB9ENdeL6z2TxACUwWbxQnKQUzyQIF7X3jqYHCL2HNq2FqtB8yGhOb3JsRC0GXZDgBwnA%3d%3d&crl=f&resultLocal=ErrCrlNoResults&resultNs=Ehost&crlhashurl=login.aspx%3fdirect%3dtrue%26profile%3dehost%26scope%3dsite%26authtype%3dcrawler%26jrnl%3d07407416%26AN%3d94339982

  • Valenzano, J. M. (Chair), Denker, K. J., Wildermuth, S., Upchurch, W. R., Phelps, R., Matuszak, S., & Quinlan, S., (2012, March).Challenges and opportunities faced by industry professionals transitioning to GTA positions. Panel presented at the 2012 Central States Communication Association Conference, Cleveland, OH.
  • Zhou, S., Gnyawali, DR., and Srivastava, M. (2012). “Network Dynamism and Firm Innovation: A Knowledge Based Perspective”, A paper presented at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Boston, MA
Application Information
  • Application portal for Fall 2017 is now OPEN!
  • All applicants are evaluated after the application deadline using a very rigorous process. The evaluation criteria include statement of academic interests and goals, standardized test scores, prior academic performance including GPA, letters of recommendation, and prior work experience. Applicants are encouraged to visit the department and meet with the faculty and doctoral students.
  • While we require GMAT scores, we may consider applicants with high GRE scores. Applicants without GMAT or GRE will not be considered. Students recently admitted to the program have an average GMAT of 680 and GPA of 3.6. With all applications, official transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended and at least two letters of recommendation are required. Students whose native language is not English are required to take the TOEFL. We expect TOEFL scores to be in the range of 600 (paper based) or 250 (computer based) or 100 (internet based). The TOEFL requirement may be waived if an international student has graduated from an accredited university where the medium of instruction is English. Official copies of all scores (GMAT/GRE/TOEFL) must be sent directly to Virginia Tech. Virginia Tech’s institution code is 5859 (there is no departmental code).
  • Admission decisions are made by a committee of faculty. The committee will begin reviewing the applications in February. After all the applications are screened, we conduct interviews with select applicants via telephone and/or Skype, typically in late February and early March. The program is a full time program and applicants are admitted for the Fall semester. Students admitted to our program receive graduate assistantship support and tuition waiver. Assistantship and tuition waivers continue for four years as long as the student makes a satisfactory progress in the Ph.D. program. We also offer various competitive scholarships, awards, and grants to our students.
  • Since all applications are evaluated after the application deadline of January 15, it is not possible to evaluate any single applicant prior to that deadline.Chances of admission are low if the GMAT score is below 650 and GPA is below 3.50.

If you have a passion for research and want to become a management scholar, a strong interest in joining a rigorous doctoral program, strong academic credentials; and like the thought of spending the next 4-5 years in the quiet, pastoral beauty of southwest Virginia and the Blue Ridge Mountains, then we encourage you to apply to our doctoral program.

The timeline for applications is as follows:

    • Application Deadline: January 15, 2017
    • Screening Applications: February & Early March
    • Decisions Made: Middle to Late March

For more information about our program please see the links to the left side of the page. You are welcome to contact us if you have additional questions.

Email mgtdept@vt.edu
Phone (540) 231-5250
Dr. Daniel J. Beal
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Management (0233)
2007 Pamplin Hall
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA 24061

To apply to the Ph.D. program in Management (BMGT), visit the online application portal for the Graduate School at Virginia Tech.

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