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Lori Anderson

Associate Professor of Practice
2109 Pamplin (0233)
880 West Campus Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Academic Areas

Leadership, Strategic Management; Human Resource Management; Organizational Theory and Behavior; Business Ethics; Business Privatization and Regulation; Healthcare Leadership; and Diversity, Equality, Inclusion, and Belonging, and International Business.


Ph.D. Virginia Tech 2008

M.Ed. The Citadel 1984

B.A. Wingate University 1981


Lori has a dual career of over twenty years organizational leadership experience and over fifteen years university teaching, curriculum design, and leadership experience. Lori has taught at four universities in two countries, the U.S. and the U.K. Lori has taught at the undergraduate, graduate, and executive levels, and has enjoyed teaching students face-to-face, online, and in blended learning environments. Most recently, prior to joining Virginia Tech, Lori served in a tenure track position with the University of Manchester in the U.K. as an Associate Professor. Lori has taught broadly across management and is passionate about research-led teaching that is grounded in robust andragogy. Lori has experience with traditionally offered university degrees and university degrees that are customized for specific industries and organizations. She brings her organizational and university leadership experience into all her curriculum design and classroom teaching.

Lori is a novelist. Her novel, Giggleswick Your Next Station Stop, is a novel about home that explores the experience of xenophobia through the eyes of an immigrant, and structural privilege and discrimination as it relates to age; gender; nationality and ethnicity; and class. 


Lori’s research includes issues that arise at the intersection of public and private governance, with special emphasis on the institutional and managerial implications of policy and regulation for leading organizations. Most recently, she has been considering idea of inherently governmental from an international and organizational perspective. Lori also consider a theme of leadership and management paradigms and David Bohm’s concepts of discussion and dialogue as organizational communication mechanisms throughout her research. Finally, Lori’s earlier research considers issues relating to E-government and E-democracy. While this stream of research has waned in western arenas it continues internationally and her publications and those with my co-authors continue to be read and cited. She remains in dialogue with international colleagues conducting research in this area and finds the directions this field is going fascinating. All her research is cross-national and multidisciplinary.


Lori has provided service to the profession by serving on numerous professional academic boards.


Lori has been nominated for numerous teaching awards.

Other Professional Development – Licenses and Certifications

Yale-based MSCEIT Emotional Intelligence Test Administrator

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) Certified Professional

Oshry Organization Workshop (OW) Facilitator

Neuro-Linguistic Programming Master Practitioner

FIRO-B® Personality Assessment Instrument

Industry and Career Experience and Practice

Lori led organizations for over twenty years before returning to earn her Ph.D. and pursue an academic career.