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Kiran Awate

Assistant Professor
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2108 Pamplin (0233)
880 West Campus Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061


Kiran’s research interests lie at the intersection of organizational learning and innovation.

His dissertation examines how firms learn from failures during the drug discovery process in the pharmaceutical industry. His work highlights that failures help firms reconsider their existing beliefs and seek out better and more refined theoretical explanations. In another project, he finds evidence that patent infringement lawsuits undertaken by inventor U.S. pharmaceutical firms against firms from developing countries result in unintended knowledge spillovers making that subsequently help these firms in improving their innovation capabilities.

He won the best research presentation award twice at the Hayes Research Forum and his work was nominated for the best paper award at the Academy of International Business annual conference.

He taught undergraduate course in international business at the Ohio State University.

Before PhD, Kiran worked in the software technology industry for about nine years where he got an opportunity to experience diverse cultures from countries such as the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, and South Korea.