Rishikesha T Krishnan

Professor at Indian Institute of Management Bangalore


Indian Institute of Management Bangalore

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, and has more than 140 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 publications in academic journals:

  • Jha, Srivardhini K., Dhanaraj, C., & Rishikesha T. Krishnan (2018). “From Arbitrage to Global Innovation: Evolution of Multinational R&D in Emerging Markets,” Management International Review, (forthcoming).
  • Krishnan, Rishikesha T., & Shameen Prashantham (2018). “Innovation in and from India: The Who, Where, What and When,” Global Strategy Journal, (forthcoming).
  • Jha, Srivardhini K., Parulkar, I., Krishnan, Rishikesha T., & Charles Dhanaraj (2016) “Developing New Products in Emerging Markets,” MIT Sloan Management Review, Vol. 57, No. 3, Spring, pp. 55-62
  • Ashwin, A.S., Krishnan, Rishikesha T., & Rejie George (2016). “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.
  • Ashwin, A.S., Krishnan, Rishikesha T., & Rejie George (2015). “Family firms in India: family involvement, innovation and agency and stewardship behaviors,” Asia Pacific Journal of Management, Vol. 32, No. 4, pp. 869-900.
  • Soni, P., & Rishikesha T. Krishnan (2014). “Frugal Innovation: Aligning Theory, Practice and Public Policy,” Journal of Indian Business Research, Vol. 6, No. 1, pp. 29-47.
  • Lee, K., Park, T.Y., and Rishikesha T. Krishnan (2014). “Catching-up or Leapfrogging in the Indian IT Service Sector: Windows of Opportunity, Path-creating, and Moving up the Value Chain,” Development Policy Review, Vol. 32, No. 4, pp. 495-518.

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