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.