Thomas Howatt Chaired Professor in Management
Krannert School of Management
Karthik Kannan is the Thomas Howatt Chaired Professor in Management at Purdue's Krannert School of Management. He is the academic director for the MBA programs (two-year MBA, STEM-MBA, Weekend MBA), academic co-director for MS in BAIM (Business Analytics and Information Management), and co-director for BIAC (Business Information and Analytics Center).
He researches and teaches aspects related to "Designing for Human Instincts." Specifically, he is interested in understanding and designing systems -- products, processes, or policies -- that exploit human instincts and biases in order to nudge behavior. He has published papers in several leading management journals and conferences, and has also won some best paper awards. He also serves/has served in editorial capacities. He is also a CERIAS Fellow and Krannert's Faculty Fellow. For 2017-18, he has been awarded the prestigious Jefferson Science Fellowship by the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering.
Prior to joining Purdue, he obtained his PhD in information systems, MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering, and MPhil in Public Policy and Management all from Carnegie Mellon University. Before joining the graduate school, he worked with Infosys Technologies for a couple of years. His undergraduate degree is in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from NIT Trichy (formerly, REC Trichy).