Rishikesha T. Krishnan is a Professor of Corporate Strategy & Policy
at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (IIMB), India. His
main areas of interest are strategy and innovation.
Krishnan was a Visiting Fellow at the Indian School of Business (ISB),
Hyderabad during 2011-12. Earlier, in August 2010, he completed a 3-year
term as Jamuna Raghavan Chair Professor of Entrepreneurship at IIMB. He
was the Fall 2008 Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Advanced Study
of India, University of Pennsylvania. In November 2010, Prof. Krishnan
received the Dewang Mehta Award for Best Teacher in Strategic
Prof. Krishnan has served on a number of committees
set up by the Government of India, Nasscom and CII related to
innovation in India. He is on the board of Sundaram Asset Management
Company Ltd., and is a trustee of the Foundation for Excellence India
Trust (www.ffe.org), an organization committed to helping economically
underprivileged and academically talented students complete their higher
education through one of India’s largest scholarship programmes.
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.
Professor Krishnan’s book From Jugaad to Systematic Innovation: The
Challenge for India, published in February 2010 identified the
challenges faced by India in enhancing industrial innovation and
proposed an agenda to enhance innovation output (see
http://jugaadtoinnovation.blogspot.com for details and updates). In his
comments on the book jacket, MindTree Chairman Subroto Bagchi wrote:
“Rishikesha Krishnan is doubtlessly among India’s foremost chroniclers
of the innovation journey. His book is a great account of the history of
innovation in the post-industrial era. He has his pulse on issues that
hold Indians from going to the next level.”
Krishnan’s recent book, 8 Steps to Innovation: Going from Jugaad to
Excellence (co-authored with Vinay Dabholkar, and published by Harper
Collins in March 2013), outlines a systematic path for organisations to
build innovation capabilities.
Prof. Krishnan holds an M.Sc. in
Physics from the Indian Institute of Technology at Kanpur; and an M.S.
in Engineering-Economic Systems (now Management Science &
Engineering) from Stanford University. He obtained his doctorate from
the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, where he won the
outstanding thesis proposal award instituted by the Industrial Finance
Corporation of India.