Carnegie Mellon University

Daniel Armanios

Daniel Armanios

Associate Professor

  • Wean Hall 5120
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Daniel Armanios is an Associate Professor in the Department of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University as well as a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Leadership at Tsinghua University’s Schwarzman College. Daniel’s work has been presented at numerous conferences, forums, and workshops internationally, leading to journal publications in a variety of leading management, organizational theory, engineering, and scientific outlets such as Biomacromolecules, Business & Society, Journal of Infrastructure Systems, Hydrological Processes, Nature Sustainability, Organization Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), Sustainable Development, and the Strategic Management Journal, as well as reports for NASA, NOAA, and the UN-OHCHR. These works have led to honors and awards such as being named a Goldwater Scholar (2004), a Truman Scholar (2005), an American Helicopter Society’s Vertical Flight Scholar (2005), a Rhodes Scholar (2007), a joint Stanford Graduate Benchmark and NSF Graduate Research Fellow (2009-2015), the Best Dissertation Award from the Technology and Innovation Management Division of the Academy of Management (2016), the Emerging Scholar in Innovation & Entrepreneurship Award from the Industry Studies Association (2018), and the Best Paper on Environmental and Social Practices Award from the Organization and Management Division of the Academy of Management (2019). 

Daniel’s current research lies at the intersection of institutions, engineering systems, and public policy & entrepreneurship. More specifically, he focuses on the social processes that influence how physical and scientific infrastructure is built and subsequently used to achieve entrepreneurship, innovation, and sustainable development outcomes. His research is conducted in a variety of contexts such as the United States, China, Egypt, and Tunisia. To those ends, he uses a mixed methods approach that integrates qualitative and quantitative data to overcome constraints that have historically hindered empirical analyses in these settings. His projects include understanding how conflicts between national and local governments affect high-tech innovation and infrastructure maintenance in China and in the United States, as well as how the Arab Spring has affected how state banking infrastructure funds entrepreneurship in Egypt and Tunisia.

Daniel serves as a committee member of the National Academy of Sciences’ Review of the U.S. Department of Energy’s SBIR/STTR program, as well as a board member for various non-profit and for-profit boards such as the Hill District Community Development Corporation and COI Energy. Daniel holds two Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Pittsburgh in Mechanical Engineering (B.S.) and Political Science (Economics Minor) (B.A), two Master’s degrees from the University of Oxford in Management Research (MSc) and Water Science, Policy and Management (MSc), and a PhD from Stanford University in Management Science & Engineering.

  • Carnegie Mellon 2015-
  • Distinguished Visiting Professor of Leadership, Schwarzman College, Tsinghua University (China), 2018


  • Ph.D. (Management Science & Engineering), 2015, Stanford University, US
  • MSc (Water Science, Policy and Management), 2009, University of Oxford, UK
  • MSc (Management Research), 2008, University of Oxford, UK
  • BS (Mechanical Engineering), 2007, University of Pittsburgh, US
  • BS (Political Science, Economics minor), 2007, University of Pittsburgh, US


†undergraduate student
*PhD Student (culture at Stanford MS&E and CMU EPP is for doctoral students, on their dissertation papers, to be first author and to coauthor with advisors)

Refereed Journal Publications in Press/Accepted

  1. Dutta, S; Armanios, DE; Desai, JD*. 2021. “Beyond Spatial Proximity: The Impact of Enhanced Spatial Connectedness from New Bridges on Entrepreneurship,” Organization Science, forthcoming. [JCR Impact Factor: 2.782]
    1. 2019 Academy of Management Organization and Management Theory Best Environmental and Social Practices Paper Award
  2. Lanahan, L.; Armanios, DE (first two authors equal first co-authorship); Joshi, A. 2021. “Inappropriateness Penalty, Desirability Premium: What Do More Certifications Actually Signal?,” Organization Science, [JCR Impact Factor: 2.782]
  3. Armanios, DE. and Eesley, CE. 2021. “How Do Institutional Carriers Alleviate Normative and Cognitive Barriers to Regulatory Change?,” Organization Science, Articles in Advance: [JCR Impact Factor: 2.782] 
    1. 2018 Industry Studies Association Giarratani Rising Star Award Runner-Up
  4. Eberhart, RN; Armanios, DE. 2021. “Certification Relics: Entrepreneurship Amidst Discontinued Certifications,” Organization Science, Articles in Advance: [JCR Impact Factor: 2.782].
  5. Ren, M*; Branstetter, LG; Kovak, BK; Armanios, DE; and Yuan, J. 2021. “Why Has China Overinvested in Coal Power?,” Energy Journal, 42(2), 113-134: [JCR Impact Factor: 2.394]
  6. Jones, SH* and Armanios, DE (corresponding author). 2020. “Methodological Framework and Feasibility Study to Assess Social Equity Impacts of the Built Environment,” Editor’s Choice Article, Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 146(11): 05020016, [JCR Impact Factor: 2.374] 
    1. Profiled in NextCity, retweeted by the Mayor of Pittsburgh Bill Peduto.
  7. Rosenberg, M†; Armanios, DE (corresponding author); Aklin, M.; Jaramillo, P. 2020. “Evidence of Gender Inequality in Energy Use from a Mixed Methods Study in India,” Nature Sustainability, 3(2): 110-118, [JCR Impact Factor: 12.080] 
    1. 2021 AOM ONE and NBS Research Impact on Practice Award
    2. Appeared in 22 different news outlets such as IndiaTVnews (India), ScienceNet (China), AAAS EurekAlert, and Nature Research Highlights.
    3. Noted as an exemplar that “can help and encourage researchers in preparing their qualitative work for publication in strong interdisciplinary journals."
  8. Reed, L*; Morgan, MG; Vaishnav, P; and Armanios, DE. 2019. “Converting existing transmission corridors to HVDC is an overlooked option for increasing transmission capacity,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), 116(28): 13879-13884, [JCR Impact Factor: 9.412] 
    1. Appeared in CMU Engineering News
  9. Armanios, DE; Lanahan, L.; and Yu, D* (first two authors have equal first coauthorship). 2019. “Varieties of Local Government Experimentation: U.S. State-led Technology-Based Economic Development Policies, 2000 - 2015,” Academy of Management Discoveries, 6(2), 266-299,
    1. Dataset for the article made publicly available as well as replication files.
    2. Commentary on the article by the world-renowned sociologist John L. Campbell, which starts by saying, “This is a tantalizing paper! And like an enthralling first-episode in a new Netflix series, it left me wanting more.”
  10. Desai, JD* and Armanios, DE (corresponding author). 2018. “What Cannot be Cured Must be Endured: Understanding Bridges Systems as Institutional Relics,” Journal of Infrastructure Systems 24(4): 04018032, [JCR Impact Factor: 1.825]
  11. Lanahan, L. and Armanios, DE (equal first coauthorship). 2018. “Does more certification always benefit a venture?,” Organization Science, 29(5): 931-947, [JCR Impact Factor: 2.782] Media mentions in: CMU Engineering, and Recalculating radio show.
  12. Armanios, DE; Eesley, CE; Li, J; Eisenhardt, KM. 2017. “How entrepreneurs leverage institutional intermediaries in emerging economies to acquire public resources,” Lead Article, Strategic Management Journal, 38(7): 1373-1390, [JCR Impact Factor: 5.463] 
    1. Academy of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (AIE) Best Paper Award Finalist 2012. 
    2. According to the 2020 Journal Citation Reports, this paper was the 7th most cited paper in the Strategic Management Journal of all papers published in the journal from 2017-2018.
    3. Media mentions in: Stanford eCorner and Global Innovation through Science and Technology Network - GIST
  13. De Lange, DE, Armanios, DE, Delgado-Ceballos, J, Sandhu, S. 2016. “From Foe to Friend: Complex Mutual Adaptation of Multinational Corporations and Nongovernmental Organizations,” Business & Society, 55(8): 1197-1228, [JCR Impact Factor: 4.074]
  14. Armanios, DE and JB Fisher. 2014. “Measuring water availability with limited ground data: An entirely remote-sensing based hydrologic budget model of the Rufiji Basin, Tanzania using TRMM, GRACE, MODIS, SRB and AIRS,” Hydrological Processes, 28: 853–867, [JCR Impact Factor: 3.256]
  15. Armanios, DE. 2012. “Sustainable Development as a Community-of-Practice: Insights from Village Water Projects in Egypt,” Sustainable Development, 20(1): 42-57, [JCR Impact Factor: 4.082]
  16. Matros, A. and Armanios, DE. 2009. “Tullock’s Contests with Reimbursements”, Public Choice, 141(1-2): 49–63, [JCR Impact Factor: 1.035]
  17. Armanios, DE. 2006. “Parochialism in EU Economic Policy: Case Study between the Boeing Company and the Airbus Company,” International Journal of Technology, Policy and Management, 6(1): 66-85,
  18. Zax, DB; Armanios, DE; Horak, S; Brodowski, C; Yang, Z. 2004. “Variation of Mechanical Properties with Amino Acid Content in the Silk of Nephila Clavipes,” Biomacromolecules, 5(3): 732-738, [JCR Impact Factor: 6.092]

Refereed Conference/Symposia Proceedings in Press/Accepted

  1. Lamba, H; Trockman, A; Armanios, DE; Kästner, C; Miller, H; Vasilescu, B. 2020. “Heard it Through the Gitvine: An Empirical Study of Tool Diffusion Across the npm Ecosystem”, ACM Joint European Software Engineering Conference and Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering (ESEC/FSE),

Invited Publications
  1. Armanios, DE. 2020. “Energy access: Holistically representing women.” Nature Energy, 5(12): 939–940, [JCR Impact Factor: 46.495].
  2. Armanios, DE and Zhang, H*. 2020. “Review: Unleashing the Crowd: Collaborative Solutions to Wicked Business and Societal Problems.” Administrative Science Quarterly, 66(1), NP13–NP16, [JCR Impact Factor: 8.304].

Policy and National Academies Reports
  1. (Committee Member). 2020. Review of the SBIR and STTR Programs at the Department of Energy, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine:

Awards and Honors

  • Academy of Management (AOM) Organizations and Natural Environment (ONE) Division and Network for Business Sustainability (NBS) Research Impact on Practice Award, 2021
  • AOM Technology and Innovation Management (TIM) Emerging Scholar Award, 2021
  • Provost’s Inclusive Teaching Fellow, 2021
  • Best Reviewer Award, Academy of Management Discoveries, 2020
  • Pitt African-American Alumni Council (AAAC) Distinguished Alumni Award, 2019
  • AOM Organization and Management Theory (OMT) Best Environmental and Social Practices Paper Award, 2019
  • Arthur J. Boase Endowed Lecture, University of Colorado-Boulder, 2019
  • Certificate for Patriotic Civilian Service, Department of the Army, 2018
  • ISA Emerging Scholar in Innovation & Entrepreneurship Award, 2018
  • ISA Giarratani Rising Star Award Runner-Up, 2018
  • AOM TIM Best Dissertation Award Winner, 2016
  • ISA Best Dissertation Award Runner-Up, 2016
  • INFORMS TIMES Best Dissertation Award Finalist, 2016
  • ITC-Emerald Best International Dissertation Award Finalist, 2016
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow (NSF-GRF), 2009-2014
  • Benchmark Stanford Graduate Research Fellow (SGF), 2009-2014
  • Academy of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (AIE), Best Paper Award Finalist, 2012
  • “225 Medallion”, University of Pittsburgh (Honoring the 225 most distinguished alumni as part of the School’s 225th Anniversary), 2012
  • Rhodes Scholar, 2007-2009
  • USA Today All-USA College Academic 1st Team, 2007
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers Student Award (Pittsburgh Section), 2007
  • Harry S. Truman Scholar, 2005
  • American Helicopter Society Vertical Flight Scholar, 2005
  • Barry M. Goldwater Scholar, 2004