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Venkat R. Krishnan
Founder and Director
Center for Oneness & Transforming Leadership
Chennai, India.


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Research Activities:

  • Currently working in the areas of transformational leadership, value systems of individuals in organizations, and Indian philosophy.

  • List of all papers and publications (with full text).

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Biographical Information

College or university attended:

  • 1991-1996: Temple University, Philadelphia -- Ph.D. (Business Administration); speccialization in organizational behavior; doctoral thesis on transformational leadership.

  • 1989-1991: Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore -- Fellow Program in Management (completed coursework).

  • 1985-1987: Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati -- M.A. (Philosophy).

  • 1977-1981: Vivekananda College, Chennai -- B.Sc. (Mathematics).

Past work experience:

  • 2006-2014: Director (Yale-Great Lakes Center for Management Research) and Professor (Organizational Behavior), Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai, India. Taught MBA courses -- (1) Leadership, Influence and Power, (2) Upanishads and Transformational Leadership, (3) Intelligently Interacting with Others, and (4) Karma-Yoga: Leadership Experiential Project.

  • 1996-2006: Professor (Organizational Behavior), XLRI Jamshedpur, India. Taught MBA courses -- (1) Leadership, Influence and Power, (2) Indian Philosophy for Leadership Excellence, (3) Impression Management, (4) Group Dynamics, and (5) Individual Behavior in Organizations. See the Farewell Note published in XLRI magazine X-Factor, Feb-Mar 2006.

  • 1993-1996: Adjunct faculty, Temple University. Taught undergraduate courses -- (1) Organization and Management, and (2) Introduction to Human Resource Administration.

  • 1983-1989: Manager (probationary officer) in State Bank of India.

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