Rekha Krishnan

Associate Professor, International Business / Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Area Coordinator, IB


Room: WMC 4311

Phone: 778.782.3047


Curriculum Vitae: View


PhD in Business (Center Graduate School, Tilburg University, The Netherlands)


Rekha Krishnan is an Associate Professor at the Beedie School of Business. Her research examines the emergence, evolution, and consequences of social order in organizations, markets and society. In her current work, she studies the emergence of new social order and the disruption of existing social order in markets through two research streams. Using ethnography and field experiments, her first stream examines the role of interaction rituals in emergence and sustenance of micro social order in nascent entrepreneur communities in technologically intensive regions in the west (Silicon Valley and Canada) and in the fringes of mainstream markets in emerging economies (underground markets in refugee camps in Tanzania and tribal villages in India). Using archival data in population level studies based in India, her second stream examines the interaction between social movements and entrepreneurs in creating, maintaining, and disrupting social order in a society.

Her PhD dissertation won the prestigious Richard N Farmer Best Dissertation award sponsored by the Academy of International Business. Her research has been published in journals such as Administrative Science QuarterlyAcademy of Management Journal, Organization Science, Strategic Management Journal and the Journal of Management.

Originally from India, Rekha finds Vancouver’s beautiful landscape an inspiration for her poetry, which has been published in Indian English language newspapers. 

Research Interests

Interaction Rituals, Social Networks, Status Dynamics, Entrepreneurship, Emerging Economies,
Ethnography, Field Experiments.

Selected Publications

articles and reports

Krishnan, R., Cook, K. S., Kozhikode, R. K., & Schilke, O. (2020). An Interaction Ritual Theory of Social Resource Exchange: Evidence from a Silicon Valley Accelerator. Administrative Science Quarterly.

Eapen, A., & Krishnan, R. (2019). Transferring tacit know-how: Do opportunism safeguards matter for firm boundary decisions? Organization Science, 30(4), 715-734.

Krishnan, R., Geyskens, I., & Steenkamp, J. B. E. (2016). The effectiveness of contractual and trust-based governance in strategic alliances under behavioral and environmental uncertainty. Strategic Management Journal, 37(12), 2521-2542.

Krishnan, R., & Kozhikode, R. K. (2015). Status and corporate illegality: Illegal loan recovery practices of commercial banks in India. Academy of Management journal. Academy of Management, 58(5), 1287-1312.

Eapen, A., & Krishnan, R. (2009). Conform or rebel: When does keeping to the rules enhance firm performance? Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences, 26(2), 95-108.

Geyskens, I., Krishnan, R., Steenkamp, J. B. E., & Cunha, P. V. (2009). A review and evaluation of meta-analysis practices in management research. Journal of Management, 35(2), 393-419.

Janowicz-Panjaitan, M., & Krishnan, R. (2009). Measures for dealing with competence and integrity violations of interorganizational trust at the corporate and operating levels of organizational hierarchy. Journal of Management Studies, 46(2), 245-268.

Krishnan, R., Martin, X., & Noorderhaven, N. G. (2006). When does trust matter to alliance performance? Academy of Management journal. Academy of Management, 49(5), 894-917.

books chapters and monographs

Krishnan, R., Noorderhaven, N. G., & Eapen, A. (2012). Collaboration across borders: Benefits to firms in an emerging economy. In Verbeke, A., Merchant, H., & Merchant, H. (Eds.), Handbook of Research on International Strategic Management (pp. 169-187). Cheltenham, United Kingdom: Edward Elgar Publishing (UK).