Professor Kannan's research focuses on the "design for instincts," an idea he proposed (www.designforinstincts.com). Specifically, he studies how different aspects of information technology may be used to exploit human instincts and biases in order to nudge/manipulate
behavior. You can learn more about his research
Dr. Kannan works on three primary research streams: pricing using auctions of information goods, pricing of data networks, and economics of information security. His papers have been accepted in several leading conferences and journals in the information
systems area, including Management Science, Information Systems Research,
Workshop on Information Technology and Systems, Workshop on Information Systems Economics,International Conference on Information Systems, andConference on Information System and Technology. His papers have won the Best Paper
Awards in the 10th and the 15th Annual Workshop on Information Technology and Systems. He currently serves/has served as an Associate Editor for
Management Science, Information Systems Research, and MIS Quarterly. He is a member of AIS and INFORMS. He is also a
CERIAS Fellow and Krannert's Faculty Fellow.
At Purdue, he teaches the IS course in the MBA programs (in the regular, weekend, and Exec Ed MBA). He has also been a visiting faculty member at GISMA and ISB. Previously, he taught the undergraduate core course as well as a database course.