CredentialsPhD in Business (Center Graduate School, Tilburg University, The Netherlands)
Rekha Krishnan is a Full 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 top-tier journals such as Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy 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.
Interaction Rituals, Social Networks, Status Dynamics, Entrepreneurship, Gender Bias, Emerging Economies, Ethnography, Field Experiments.
articles and reports
Kozhikode, R. K., & Krishnan, R. (2022). Stepping into Ill-Fitting Shoes: Local Status Contrasts and Acquisitiveness of New CEOs. Strategy Science. http://doi.org/10.1287/stsc.2021.0150
Krishnan, R., Cook, K. S., Kozhikode, R. K., & Schilke, O. (2021). An Interaction Ritual Theory of Social Resource Exchange: Evidence from a Silicon Valley Accelerator. Administrative Science Quarterly. http://doi.org/10.1177/0001839220970936
Soma, T., Kozhikode, R., & Krishnan, R. (2021). Tilling food under: Barriers and opportunities to address the loss of edible food at the farm-level in British Columbia, Canada. Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 170. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.resconrec.2021.105571
Eapen, A., & Krishnan, R. (2019). Transferring tacit know-how: Do opportunism safeguards matter for firm boundary decisions? Organization Science, 30(4), 715-734. http://doi.org/10.1287/orsc.2018.1236
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. http://doi.org/10.1002/smj.2469
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. http://doi.org/10.5465/amj.2012.0508
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. http://doi.org/10.1002/cjas.100
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. http://doi.org/10.1177/0149206308328501
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. http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-6486.2008.00798.x
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. http://doi.org/10.5465/AMJ.2006.22798171