Dr. Krishnakumar, who joined KGI in June 2016, received his M.B.A (Marketing) and Ph.D. (Management) from Virginia Tech. Prior to that he completed a Veterinary Medical Degree (BVSc) from the College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, India and a Master’s degree in Pharmacology from the Louisiana State University-College of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to joining the Keck Graduate Institute, he taught a wide ranging number of courses such as Organizational Behavior and Leadership at the North Dakota State University-College of Business for Undergraduate and MBA students.
Dr. Krishnakumar’s interdisciplinary research involves such diverse topics as employee behavior, abilities, sales, and consumer psychology. His primary research focuses on the role of socio-emotional abilities such as Social and Emotional Intelligence in influencing workplace behaviors. He is particularly interested in studying the effective assessment of Social/Emotional Intelligence in the workplace. His research has resulted in the development of an ability-based test of Workplace-Emotional Intelligence.
A secondary area of Dr. Krishnakumar’s research involves the study of Mindfulness and spirituality in affecting workplace outcomes such as counter-productive workplace behaviors and leadership outcomes. Additionally, he has also researched topics such as resilience in salespeople and the role of emotional intelligence in consumption and charitable giving. His research has been published in such journals as Emotion, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Journal of Managerial Psychology, Journal of Managerial Issues, Motivation and Emotion, and the Marketing Management Journal among others.
- Robinson, M. D., Persich, M. R., & Krishnakumar, S. (in press). What would you do? A new approach to health competence based on situational judgment. Journal of Personality.
- Persich, M. R., Krishnakumar, S., & Robinson, M. D. (in press). Are you a good friend? Assessing social relationship competence using situational judgments. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.
- Robinson, M.D., Persich, M.R., Stawicki, C., & Krishnakumar, S. (in press). “Deviant Workplace Behavior as Emotional Action: Discriminant and Interactive Roles for Work-Related Emotional Intelligence” Human Performance.
- Krishnakumar, S., Perera, B., Hopkins, K., & Robinson, M. D. (in press). On being nice and effective: Work-related emotional intelligence and its role in conflict resolution and interpersonal problem-solving. Conflict Resolution Quarterly.
- Ganesh Pillai, R., & Krishnakumar, S. (2019). Elucidating the emotional and relational aspects of gift giving. Journal of Business Research, 101, 194-202. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbusres.2019.03.037
- Krishnakumar, S., Perera, B., Persich, M. R., & Robinson, M. D. (2019). Affective and effective: Military job performance as a function of work-related emotional intelligence. International Journal of Selection and Assessment, forthcoming doi:10.1111/ijsa.12239
- Krishnakumar, S. (2019). Spiritual Leadership and its Emotional and Prosocial Consequences: A Review and Synthesis. In J. Marques (Ed.), The Routledge Companion to Management and Workplace Spirituality. New York: Routledge.
- Krishnakumar, S., Hopkins, K., & Robinson, M. D. (2017). When feeling poorly at work does not mean acting poorly at work: The moderating role of work-related emotional intelligence. Motivation and Emotion, 41(1), 122-134. doi:10.1007/s11031-016-9588-0
- Krishnakumar, S., and Evglevskikh, M. (2016) Acquiring emotional sea legs: Navigating joy and sorrow in ethical decisions. Journal of Managerial Issues, 28, 101-117.
- Krishnakumar, S., Hopkins, K., Szmerekovsky, J., & Robinson, M.D. (2016). Assessing workplace emotional intelligence: Development and validation of an ability-based measure. Journal of Psychology: Interdisciplinary and Applied, 150, 371-404.
- Krishnakumar, S., & Robinson, M.D. (2015). Maintaining an even keel: Mindfulness attenuates hostile emotions and behaviors among employees. Emotion, 15, 579-589.
- Robinson, M.D., Fetterman, A.K., Hopkins, K., & Krishnakumar, S. (2013). Losing one’s cool: Social competence as a novel inverse predictor of provocation-related aggression. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 39, 1268-1279.
- Krush, M., Agnihotri, R., Trainor, K.J., & Krishnakumar, S. (2013). The salesperson’s ability to bounce back: Examining the moderating influence of resiliency on forms of intra-role conflict and job attitudes, behaviors, and performance. Marketing Management Journal, 23, 42-56.
- Krishnakumar, S. & Rymph, D. (2012). Uncomfortable ethical decisions: The role of negative emotions and emotional intelligence in ethical decision-making. Journal of Managerial Issues. 24, 339-362.
- Krishnakumar, S., & Neck, C.P. (2002). The why, what and the how of spirituality in the workplace. Journal of Managerial Psychology 17, 153-164.
- Peter, P., & Krishnakumar, S. (In press). Experiential and Strategic Effects of Emotional Intelligence on Impulse Buying and Self-Esteem Considering Two Ability Measures of EI. In S. Raz., & L. Zysberg (Eds), Emotional Intelligence: Current Evidence from Psycho-physiological, Educational, and Organizational Perspectives. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers Inc.