Karthik Kannan Visits Shanghai, China

June 16, 2023

Early in June, Karthik Kannan, dean and Halle Chair in Leadership in the Eller College of Management, traveled across the globe to Shanghai, China.

While in China, he attended the 2023 International Education Forum hosted by the University of Arizona. More than 30 academic institutions participated in the forum as well.

Kannan gave a presentation on artificial intelligence and business education and participated in a panel discussion alongside three other panelists from Chinese partner institutions discussing business ethics and social impact.


After the forum, the University hosted the first post-pandemic alumni dinner event in China. More than 70 University alumni attended—15 of those where Eller alums. 

“Traveling to China was a remarkable experience,” Kannan. “Getting to meet and network with alumni and partners, from across the globe, was truly enlightening. It’s inspiring to connect and see how others are expanding beyond their own limits to making an Eller impact. I hope this is the first of many international trips.”

Kannan joined the Eller College of Management in 2022 and is Halle Chair of Leadership and the dean of the College. Previously, Kannan spent 19 years at Purdue's Krannert School of Management in various capacities, including as the Associate Dean for Research and Partnerships, founding academic co-director for MS (Business Analytics and Information Management).

Kannan is a thought leader in digital transformations, analysis of digital traces, and strategic foresighting. He has published many papers in leading management journals and has won various awards. In 2017-18, he was awarded the prestigious Jefferson Science Fellowship by the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering.

His undergraduate degree is in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from NIT Trichy (formerly REC Trichy). Before joining Purdue, Kannan obtained his Ph.D. 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.

Kannan studies problems at the intersection of technology and business. His doctoral work focused on the role of information in determining sequential auction outcomes.