Evan Offstein, of Frostburg, Md., a Ph.D. student in management at Virginia Tech's Pamplin College of Business and a member of the management faculty at Frostburg State University, recently received awards for two papers he co-authored.

Offstein received the Best Doctoral Student Paper Award from the Academy of Management's Human Resource Management Division at its recent annual meeting in New Orleans. He was the lead author of "It Pays to Behave: Firm Competitive Behavior as a Determinant of CEO Pay." Devi Gnyawali, of Blacksburg, Virginia Tech associate professor of management and a co-chair of Offstein's dissertation committee, was the second author.

A second paper by Offstein and Gnyawali, "A Humanistic Perspective of Firm Competitive Behavior," was selected as the Best Concept Paper by the American Society for Competitiveness. The paper examines how executive human and social capital affects the volume, complexity, and force of competitive moves that firms launch into the market. Offstein and Gnyawali argue that a firm's human and social capital, particularly at the upper echelon level, contribute to its awareness of the competitive environment and its motivation and ability to undertake numerous, complex, and strategic competitive actions, and therefore improve its competitive intensity. The co-authors advance a humanistic perspective of firm competitive behavior and outline several implications for future research.

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