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Rishikesha T Krishnan
Corporate Strategy & Policy


On Leave as Director, IIM Indore

Fellow (Equivalent to Ph.D.) Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, 1996
Master of Science Stanford University, 1987
Master of Science, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, 1986

Research Areas:
Strategy & Innovation; National Innovation Systems & Competitiveness; Strategy Implementation


Recent Consulting:
Review of the Plan Schemes of the Department of Scientific & Industrial Research, Government of India
Study of the Small Business Innovation Research Initiative for Department of Biotechnology, Government of India
Business Leadership Programme (for the Murugappa Group)


Academic Positions:
IIM Bangalore (1996-January 2014)
Visiting Scholar, Center for the Advanced Study of India, University of Pennsylvania (Fall 2008)
Visiting Scholar, Centre for Leadership, Innovation, and Change, Indian School of Business (2011-12)


Other Assignments:
General Manager & Partner, Helios Antennas & Electronics (1987-1991)
Co-founder, Helios Systems & Software
Chief Executive Officer, Knowledge Enabled Networks Private Ltd. (2001)



Thinkers 50 India Special Innovation Award (2013)

Thinkers 50 India List of Most Influential Management Thinkers from India (2013)

Dewang Mehta Award for Best Teacher in Strategic Management (2010)

Jamuna Raghavan Chair in Entrepreneurship (2007-10)

IFCI Award for Best Thesis Proposal, IIM Ahmedabad (1994)


Professional Leadership:
Board Member, Strategic Management Forum of India
Conference Co-chair, Globelics conference (2006); Asialics International conference (2008); Strategic Management Society India Conference (2008)
Member, Editorial Board of Journal of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR); Asian Journal of Technological Innovation (STEPI, Korea); ManagementNext
Member, Academic Council, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, New Delhi


Corporate / Public Sector Leadership:
Boards: Sundaram Asset Management Company Ltd.
Trustee, Foundation for Excellence India Trust
Member, Advisory Council, CII National Innovation Mission (2007)
Member, Jury, NASSCOM Innovation Awards (2007, 2011-13)
Member, Task Force on the Future of Aeronautics in India, Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India (2007)
Member, Review Committee, National Innovation Forum, Department of Science & Technology, Government of India (2006)


Significant Publications:

Book & Book Chapters

- 8 Steps to Innovation: Going from Jugaad to Excellence. HarperCollins, March 2013 (with Vinay Dabholkar)

- From Jugaad to Systematic Innovation: The Challenge for India. The Utpreraka Foundation, February 2010.

- "The Indian Innovation System" in V.K. Narayanan & Gina O'Connor (eds.)  Encyclopedia of Technology and Innovation, Wiley, UK, 2010.


Journal Articles

- "Innovation Strategies of Indian Market Leaders," Journal of Indian Business Research, Vol. 4, No. 2, 2012, pp. 92-96.

- "Innovation in the Indian Automotive Industry: The Role of Academic & Public Research Institutions," Asian Journal of Technology Innovation, Vol. 20, No. S1, 2012, pp. 67-84. (With Srivardhini K. Jha)

- "Innovation Strategies in Emerging Markets:  What can we learn from Indian Market Leaders," ASCI Journal of Management, Vol. 41, No. 1, 2011, pp. 21-45. (With Srivardhini K. Jha)

- "Catch-up in Technology-driven Services: The Case of the Indian Software Services Industry" Seoul Journal of Economics, Vol. 23, No. 2, 2010, pp. 263-281. (With Swarna Kumar Vallabhaneni).

- "The Indian Innovation System" in V.K. Narayanan & Gina O'Connor (eds.)  Encyclopedia of Technology and Innovation, Wiley, UK, 2010.

- "Indian Innovation System: At the Crossroads" The Journal of Science Policy & Research Management (Japan), Vol. 22, No. 2, 2007, pp. 94-102.