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Rishikesha T Krishnan

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Rishikesha T
, Director, IIMB

Ram Charan Chair Professor in Innovation and Leadership

Professor Krishnan’s main areas of interest are strategy and innovation. He was a Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Advanced Study of India, University of Pennsylvania (Fall 2008), and at the Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad (2011-12). He held the Jamuna Raghavan Chair in Entrepreneurship at IIMB from 2007-10.

Professor Krishnan writes extensively on strategy and innovation, and has more than 200 publications spanning outlets that include refereed journals, the popular press, case studies, book chapters, and books. These include two books on innovation: From Jugaad to Systematic Innovation: The Challenge for India, published in February 2010, and 8 Steps to Innovation: Going from Jugaad to Excellence (co-authored with Vinay Dabholkar, and published by HarperCollins in March 2013). The latter won the Best Book Award 2013-14 from the Indian Society for Training and Development. 

Recent & Important Publications 

  • Prabhu, V.N., Jha, Srivardhini K., and Rishikesha T. Krishnan “Science and Technology Ventures in India: Integrating NIS, SSI and Ecosystem Perspectives,” Forthcoming in Science, Technology & Society 
  • Rastogi, Charu, Jha, Srivardhini K., and Rishikesha T. Krishnan Mylab Discovery Solutions: Innovating Against All Odds Indian Institute of Management Bangalore Case Series, 2023 (Available at Harvard Business Publishing, Case No. IMB 949). 
  • Krishnan, Rishikesha T., Jha, Srivardhini K., andSumelika Bhattacharyya “India’s Innovation System and Start-ups: Achievements and Opportunities” in Thillai Rajan, et. al. (eds.) Shifting Orbits: Decoding the Trajectory of the Indian Startup Ecosystem, Orient Blackswan, 2021  
  • Srinivasan, R., and Rishikesha T. Krishnan “Making Conscious Choices: Digital Strategy and Transformation,” In Vikas Gupta (ed.) Innovation Black Book Enterprise 4.0, Wiley, 2020, pp. 7-26.  
  • Krishnan, Rishikesha T., & Shameen Prashantham. “Innovation in and from India: The Who, Where, What and When,” Global Strategy Journal, Vol. 9, No. 3, 2019, pp. 357-377. 
  • Jha, Srivardhini K., Dhanaraj, C., & Rishikesha T. Krishnan. “From Arbitrage to Global Innovation: Evolution of Multinational R&D in Emerging Markets,” Management International Review, Vol. 58, 2018, pp. 633-661.   
  • Jha, Srivardhini K., Parulkar, I., Krishnan, Rishikesha T., & Charles Dhanaraj “Developing New Products in Emerging Markets,” MIT Sloan Management Review, Vol. 57, No. 3, Spring 2016, pp. 55-62  
  • Ashwin, A.S., Krishnan, Rishikesha T., & Rejie George, “Family firms in India: family involvement, innovation and agency and stewardship behaviors,” Asia Pacific Journal of Management, Vol. 32, No. 4, 2015, pp. 869-900. 
  • Ashwin, A.S., Krishnan, Rishikesha T., & Rejie George, “Board Characteristics, Financial Slack, and R&D Investments: An Empirical Analysis of the Indian Pharmaceutical Industry,” International Studies of Management & Organization, Vol. 46, No. 1, 2016, pp. 8-23.   
  • Soni, P., & Rishikesha T. Krishnan. “Frugal Innovation: Aligning Theory, Practice and Public Policy,” Journal of Indian Business Research, Vol. 6, No. 1, 2014, pp. 29-47. 

I have taught the following core & elective courses in MBA-equivalent programmes at IIMB:

Corporate Strategy

Going Beyond Jugaad: Building a Systematic Innovation Capability

Competition & Strategy

Advanced Strategic Management

Business, Government, & Society

Strategy & Human Resource Management

International Business

Managing Your Career for Growth & Leadership

Business & Ethical Values

Entrepreneurial Management

Managerial Communication

New Product Development / Creating Successful New Products

  • Bharat Asmita Acharya Shreshtha Award from MIT Group of Institutions 2017

  • Best Book Award 2013-14 for 8 Steps to Innovation (co-authored with Vinay Dabholkar) from the Indian Society for Training & Development

  • Thinkers50 Top30 Management Thinkers in India 2014

  • Thinkers50 India List 2013, 2015

  • Thinkers50 India Special Innovation Award 2013

  • Dewang Mehta Award for Best Teacher in Strategic Management, 2010

  • Jamuna Raghavan Chair in Entrepreneurship, IIM Bangalore, 2007-10

  • IFCI Award for Best Dissertation Proposal, IIM Ahmedabad, 1994

  • National Talent Scholarship, NCERT, Government of India, 1979-85


IIM Indore

Director (January 2014-December 2018)


IIM Sambalpur

Founder/Mentor Director (2015-2017)


IIM Bangalore

Chairperson, Corporate Strategy Area (2009-2013)

Chairperson, Committee on Disability (2009-2012)

Chairperson, Research & C-DOCTA (2004 – 2009)

Chairperson, PGP (MBA Programme) (2002 – 2004)

Chairperson, PGP Placement (1999-2001)

Membership of Vision Committee, PGP, PGSEM, MPT, PGPPM,EPGP, Executive Education, NSRCEL, Library, & Computer Facilities Committee (at different times)


Academic Boards/ Panels

Member, Executive Committee, Strategic Management Forum of India

Member, Board of Governors, ABV-IIITM Gwalior (2014-17)

Member, Academic Council, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (2012-14)

Member, Board of Studies, Management, Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad (2013-15)

Member, Governing Board, Institute of Health Management Research, Jaipur (2003-09)

Member, Asia-Pacific Advisory Council, AACSB (2015-17)

Member, Advisory Board, Shastri Indo-Canadian Inst. (2016-18)

Member, Management Studies Board, All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) (2016-18)

Member, Governing Board, IIHMR University (2017-present)

Member, Board of Studies, All India Management Association (2016-18)

Member, Advisory Board, IFMR Business School (2018-present)

Member, Advisory Board, School of Management & Entrepreneurship, Shiv Nadar University (2019-present)

International Conferences Chaired/organized

Globelics, Trivandrum, 2006

Asialics, Bangalore, 2008

Strategic Management Society India Conf., Hyderabad, 2008

Innovation Educators Conference, Hyderabad, 2011

Strategic Management Society Special Conf., Hyderabad, 2018


Editorial Boards (past or present)

Journal of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR, India)

Asian Journal of Technology Innovation (Taylor & Francis)

Innovation & Development (Routledge – Member, Sc. Committee)

Science, Technology, & Society (Sage)

Journal of International Business Policy (AIB/Springer – Member Editorial Review Board)

Management & Organization Review (Cambridge)


Work with Government

Government of India

Member, Justice Srikrishna Committee to Evolve a Data Protection Framework for India (2017-18)

MHRD Nominee Director, Higher Education Financing Agency (2017-present)

Member, Appointments Board for Whole-time Directors of Public Financial Institutions (2017)

Member, Appointments Board for CEOs/EDs of Public Sector Banks (2014-16)

Design of Evaluation Process for Innovation by Departments & Ministries of Government of India for Performance Management Division, Cabinet Secretariat (2013)

Member, Strategy Sub-Group, High Powered Committee for National Civil Aircraft Development Programme

Review of Small Business Innovation Research Initiative of Department of Biotechnology (2008)

Member, Committee to Study Future of Aerospace in India, Set-up by Scientific Advisory Council to Prime Minister (2006-07)

Member, Sub-group on Pharmaceutical Education, Task Force for 11th 5-year Plan (2006)

Member, Performance Evaluation Committee, National Innovation Foundation (2005-06)

Member, Delegation to Israel on the occasion of signing of India-Israel R&D Cooperation Agreement (2005)

Review of Performance of Department of Scientific & Industrial Research during 10th 5-year Plan (2006-07)

  • Fellow, IIM Ahmedabad, India
  • Master of Science, Stanford University, USA
  • Master of Science, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India