Armanios, Professor Daniel

Professor Daniel Erian Armanios

BT Professor and Chair of Major Programme Management, Saïd Business School, and Professorial Fellow at St Anne’s College

Academic Background

PhD, Management Science & Engineering, Stanford University, 2015

MSc, Water Science, Policy and Management, University of Oxford, 2009

MSc, Management Research, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, 2008

BS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, 2007

BA, Political Science (Economics Minor), University of Pittsburgh, 2007

Research Interests

Daniel integrates civil engineering and organizational theory to better understand how organizations coordinate to build, manage, maintain, and deploy infrastructure amidst complexity. He focuses on complexity arising from national and subnational variation in institutions, heterogeneity in individual capabilities, and reforms that aim to transition infrastructure from one set of guidelines to another. His findings inform efforts to advance sustainable development, entrepreneurship, and innovation, while also alleviating systemic and persistent inequities within such systems. He implements a mixed methods approach that integrates qualitative and quantitative data to overcome constraints that historically hinder empirical analyses in these settings.

His current projects include using broadband, energy, water, and bridge infrastructure as “social sensors” to enhance the resiliency and effectiveness of support for marginalized populations. Salient inquiries also include how political turmoil, such as the Arab Spring in Egypt and Tunisia and military coups in Thailand, affect state ecosystem support of entrepreneurship, R&D, and innovation.

Recent Publications

  • Dutta, S; Armanios, DE; Desai, JD. 2021. “Beyond Spatial Proximity: The Impact of Enhanced Spatial Connectedness from New Bridges on Entrepreneurship,” Organization Science, Articles in Advance:
  • Lanahan, L.; Armanios, DE (first two authors equal first coauthorship); Joshi, A. 2021. “Inappropriateness Penalty, Desirability Premium: What Do More Certifications Actually Signal?,” Organization Science,
  • Eberhart, RN; Armanios, DE. 2021. “Certification Relics: Entrepreneurship Amidst Discontinued Certifications,” Organization Science, Articles in Advance:
  • Armanios, DE. and Eesley, CE. 2021. “How Do Institutional Carriers Alleviate Normative and Cognitive Barriers to Regulatory Change?,” Organization Science, 32(6): 1415-1438
  • 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:
  • Jones, SH and Armanios, DE (corresponding author). 2020. “Methodological Framework and Feasibility Study to Assess Social Equity Impacts of the Built Environment,” Journal of Construction Engineering and Management (Editor’s Choice Article), 146(11): 05020016,
  • 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,
  • 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,
  • 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,
  • 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,
  • Lanahan, L. and Armanios, DE (equal first coauthorship). 2018. “Does more certification always benefit a venture?,” Organization Science, 29(5): 931-947,
  • Armanios, DE; Eesley, CE; Li, J; Eisenhardt, KM. 2017. “How entrepreneurs leverage institutional intermediaries in emerging economies to acquire public resources,” Strategic Management Journal (Lead Article), 38(7): 1373-1390,
  • 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,
  • 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,
  • Armanios, DE. 2012. “Sustainable Development as a Community-of-Practice: Insights from Village Water Projects in Egypt,” Sustainable Development, 20(1): 42-57,
  • Matros, A. and DE Armanios. 2009. “Tullock’s Contests with Reimbursements”, Public Choice, 141(1-2): 49–63,
  • 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,
  • 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,

Refereed Conference/Symposia Proceedings in Press/Accepted

  • 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