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Pankaj Kumar

Assistant Professor
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2104 Pamplin
880 West Campus Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061


  • Ph.D., 2018 - Business Administration, University of Minnesota
  • M.B.A., 2007 - Finance and Economics, INCAE Business School, Alajuela, Costa Rica
  • B.E., 2003 - Electrical Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Nagpur, India


Pankaj Kumar is an assistant professor in the Department of Management at the Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business. He received his Ph.D. in business administration from the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota. His research interests lie at the intersection of strategy and organization theory, with a focus on innovation, interfirm relationships (networks), strategic alliances, and geography. He has published in the Academy of Management Journal.

Pankaj worked as a CFO at Universidad Veritas in Costa Rica and was a member of board of directors of CPI Panama. He also worked as a consultant for the Bain and Co. affiliate Mesoamerica in Costa Rica and as an assistant manager for Larsen and Toubro in India.


Pankaj Kumar and Aks Zaheer. Forthcoming. Ego-Network Stability and Innovation in Alliances. Academy of Management Journal.

Pankaj Kumar and Aks Zaheer. 2017. How Geography Influences Network Stability. Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings, BPS Division.

Pankaj Kumar. 2018. Innovation Effects and Origins of Ego-Network Stability: The Hidden Dimension of Social Capital. Dissertation