Graduate Catalog
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Business, Management
Pamplin College of Business
Academics and College of Business administration. Known as Commerce Hall 1957-69; renamed Pamplin Hall in May 1969. Building completed Fall 1957; cost $734,645; 49,060 sq. ft. Named after Robert Boisseau Pamplin (1911-2009) and Robert Boisseau Pamplin Jr. (1941- ) who was a member of the Class of 1964.
2007, Mail Code:0233 Blacksburg VA 24061
Pamplin Hall
Degree(s) Offered:
• PhD
PhD Degree in Business, Management
Minimum GPA: 3.0
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Fall: Jan 15
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Department Head : Devi Gnyawali
Associate Department Head : Ronnie Poff
Graduate Program Director : Richard Hunt (Director of Graduate Studies)
Emeriti Faculty: Larry Alexander; Thirwall Bonham; Anthony Cobb; Larry French; James Lang; Robert Madigan; Steven Markham; Kent Murrmann; Jerald Robinson; Jon Shepard; Linda Tegarden; Richard Wokutch
Professors: Kevin Carlson; Cynthia Devers; Devi Gnyawali; Christopher Porter
Associate Professors: Jeffrey Arthur; Daniel Beal; William Becker (National Capital Region); Donald Hatfield (National Capital Region); Richard Hunt; Pankaj Kumar; Karen Schnatterly; David Townsend; Anna Ward Bartlett
Assistant Professors: Kiran Awate; James Lewis; Maximilian Stallkamp; Phillip Thompson
Visiting Faculty: Beverly Tyler
Associate Professor of Practice: Lori Anderson; Dirk Buengel; Elizabeth Jamison; Zdenka Mena; Ronnie Poff; David Williamson
Assistant Professor of Practice: Denise Cordova; Margaret Deck; Pakanat Kiratikosolrak; William Schaudt
Collegiate Associate Professors: Christopher Courtney; Joseph Simpson; Chien-Chi Tseng
R.B. Pamplin Professor: Cynthia Devers; Devi Gnyawali
Adjunct Faculty: Charity Boyette; Richard Curtis; Tammy Kemp; Laura Raschke; Joseph Roark; Esmeralda Simpson; Koehler Slagel
Strickler Professor: Christopher Porter

Management Introduction

The Ph.D. program in Business Administration with a major in Management in the Pamplin College of Business is dedicated to preparing the next generation of research faculty at top academic institutions. The faculty of the Department of Management, who are highly respected both nationally and internationally, are committed to Ph.D. mentoring. That commitment is shown in a vibrant curriculum and an apprenticeship style that provides students opportunities to work closely with faculty. Our recent revision in the Ph.D. program has placed further emphasis on developing students' research skills and enabling students to develop papers for top-tier journals so that they are better prepared for faculty careers at research universities.

Our approach to doctoral education is unique. We emphasize the preparation of students in ways that allow them to understand and address the whole organization from the study of individuals and groups within organizations to how they operate strategically in the larger business environment. Our program allows students to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to address the critical and complex questions faced by organizations today: those that require expertise that cuts across the boundaries of current organizational research disciplines.

One of the core strengths of our program is the possibility for students to integrate micro and macro research literatures to examine phenomena of research interest. Our curriculum emphasizes a solid foundation in strategic management, organization theory, organizational behavior, human resources management, and ethics and social responsibility. Students first develop a firm understanding of management broadly and then specialize in any of these areas based on their research interests and collaborations with faculty. In addition, students acquire and develop skills in research design, measurement, and statistical analysis that will allow them to be effective, independent researchers for their academic careers.

Our doctoral students engage in close and collegial research collaboration with our faculty who are highly respected nationally and internationally based on their research excellence. These student-faculty research collaborations continue years after the students graduate from our program. Our faculty has a strong commitment to teaching and Ph.D. mentoring. That commitment is shown in a vibrant curriculum and steady increases in the productivity of our graduate students. We view a doctoral education as the foundation for lifelong learning. We develop excellence in our students so that they can make significant scholarly contributions throughout their careers.

Offered In (Blacksburg)

Degree Requirements

Minimum GPA: 3.0
Institution code: 5859
Testing Requirements:
      • Paper : 550.0
      • Computer-based : 233.0
      • Internet-based test: at least 80, with no section sub-score less than 16 : 80.0
    • iBT
      • 80.0
    • IELTS
      • Students taking the IELTS must obtain a score of at least 6.5, with no subscore below 6.5 to be considered for admission to Virginia Tech. : 6.5

The overall goal of the Ph.D. Program in Business Administration with Concentration in Management (Management Ph.D. Program) is to develop students into future academics who are capable of conducting high quality research and publishing in top management journals. It is a full-time, residential, four-year program offered in the main campus Blacksburg. Students in their first two years take seminars that begin by helping them understand the core theories in management and develop basic research skills. Subsequent courses specialize in either macro areas (strategic management, entrepreneurship, and innovation) or micro areas (organizational behavior and human resources), as well as advanced topics in research methods and statistics. Students in their 3rd and 4th years spend most of their time working on dissertation research and developing research papers for submission to management journals. Students must also teach at least one course while in the Ph.D. program.

We seek applicants who have the motivation for high quality research and desire a career at a research university. Our program is designed to provide rigorous training in theory and methods and the opportunity to work closely with nationally and internationally renowned researchers so that our graduates have the skills necessary to succeed in their academic career. The following broad criteria are considered in evaluating applicants for admission to the Ph.D. Program in Management: Motivation and ability to conduct high-quality research that will allow placement at a top research university upon completion of their PhD; intellectual curiosity; ability to read, write, and speak English at a very high level; prior knowledge of business, research methods, and statistics. GMAT (we also consider GRE) scores are required to be considered for admission. New students are admitted to the program only in the fall semester.

Facilities Introduction


Department of Management

Department of Management, 2007 Pamplin Hall (0233), 880 West Campus Drive, Blacksburg, VA 24061
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