Prof. Krishnan is Director and Professor of Strategy at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB). He held the Jamuna Raghavan Chair in Entrepreneurship at IIMB from 2007 to 2010. He completed a 5-year term as Director of the Indian Institute of Management Indore in December 2018.

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.

Prof. Krishnan has served on a number of committees set up by the Government of India, Nasscom and CII related to innovation in India.

Professor Krishnan writes extensively. One of his important contributions has been the book “From Jugaad to Systematic Innovation: The Challenge for India” published in February 2010 which identified the challenges faced by India in enhancing industrial innovation and proposed an agenda to enhance innovation output. Another seminal contribution is “8 Steps to Innovation: Going from Jugaad to Excellence” (co-authored with Vinay Dabholkar, and published by Harper Collins in March 2013), which outlines a systematic path for organisations to build innovation capabilities.