Hema Krishnan, Ph.D.

  • Professor, Management and Entrepreneurship
  • Professor, Administration - Williams College of Business

First Year at Xavier University:



  • MS, MBA, Ph.D (University of Tennessee)

Awards, Honors, & Certifications:

  • Keynote speaker in Industry and Academia in the areas of: Women in Leadership, Strategy, and Business in Asia


Mergers and Acquisitions, Top Management Teams, International Management-Asia


Hema Krishnan has extensive leadership and administrative experience.  Since 2004, she has served as chair of the Management & Entrepreneurship department at Xavier University for five years, and for five years as Associate Dean of the Williams College of Business.  She has several years of business experience at the managerial level and was the first woman in India to be appointed to a Sales position in the petroleum industry.

Hema has made several keynote speeches in industry and academia and has served as distinguished speaker on the topics of Strategic Leadership, Emerging Markets, and Change Management on numerous occasions in the U.S. and Europe and in emerging countries such as India and Kenya. She mentors female executives and college students in India. She serves as an AACSB mentor for Mount Kenya University.

Hema conducts research in the areas of mergers/acquisitions, top management teams and corporate restructuring. She has published over 30 articles in premier journals of business such as Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Management Studies, Oxford University Press, Business Horizons, Management International Review, Business and Society, Academy Best Papers Proceedings, Journal of Business Research and Journal of Small Business Management among others. She has won numerous awards for her research including the O'Conor Chair, O'Conor Fellowship, and the Dean's award for excellence in research. Also, her 2007 paper on acquisition premiums and workforce reductions published in the Journal of Management Studies was judged as one of the top 50 publications from over 15,000 publications in the premier journals of business. She is also an active publisher in LinkedIn. She currently serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Business Research and as Advisor to LifeLinq Matrix.

Hema teaches International Management, Strategic Management, Strategic Leadership, and Global Strategic Thinking. She was the President of the Xavier Chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma during 2003-08.