Karthik Kannan

CERIAS Fellow

 Karthik Kannan

Title

Associate Dean for Research and Partnerships; Thomas Howatt Chaired Professor in Management 

Department

Office

KRAN 

Education

Ph.D. (Information Systems), M.S. (Electrical and Computer Engineering) and M.Phil (Public Policy and Management) all from Carnegie Mellon University, B.E (Electrical and Electronics), REC, Trichy, India. 

Research Areas

Economics of Information Security, P2P and Electronic Markets 

Key Areas

Risk Management, Policies, Laws Trusted Social and Human Interaction Security Awareness, Education, Training 

Notable Experience

Software Engineer, Infosys Technology. 

Notable Awards

Runner up Best Paper Award, WITS 2019

Best Workshop Paper, CSWIM 2019

Runner up Best Paper Award, ISR, 2018

Notable contribution to the literature, American Accounting Association, AIS Section, 2018

Finalist for Best Paper Award in Management Science, 2018

Purdue Insights Forum Fellow, 2018.

Jefferson Science Fellow, 2017.

Teaching Innovation Grant Award, 2015.

DCMME/GSCMI DeVos Award (Co‐winner), 2011‐2012.

Krannert Faculty Fellow Award, 2010.

Management Science Meritorious Service Award, 2010.

CERIAS Fellow since 2009.

PRF International Travel Grant, 2008.

Best Reviewer Award (Co‐winner), Information Systems Research, 2007.

DCMME/GSCMI DeVos Award (Co‐winner), 2006‐2007.

CIBER International Travel Award, Spring 2006.

Best Paper Award, The 15th Annual Workshop on Information Technology and Systems, Las
Vegas, 2005.

John and Mary Willis, Young Faculty Award, Krannert School of Management, Purdue
University, 2005.

Nominated for the 1st International Doctoral Consortium, Delft, Netherlands, 2002.

Member of the Electrical Engineering honor society, Eta Kappa Nu, since 2002.

Best Paper Award, The 10th Annual Workshop on Information Technology and Systems,
Brisbane, 2000.

Best “Y2k” Project, Infosys Technologies, India, 1998. 

Publications

Sample Publications
Greenwald, A., Kannan, K., and Krishnan, R. (2009, Forthcoming) "On Evaluating Information Revelation Policies in Procurement Auctions: A Markov Decision Process Approach," Information Systems Research, 20(4).
Tawarmalani, M., Kannan, K., and De, P. (2009) "Allocating Objects in a Network of Caches: Centralized and Decentralized Analyses," Management Science, 55(1): 132-147.
Wang, T., Kannan, K. and Rees, J. "Investors' Perceptions on Information Security Incidents," Workshop on Information Systems Economics (WISE), December 2008.
Wang, T., Rees, J., and Kannan, K. "Reading the Disclosures with New Eyes: Bridging the Gap between Information Security Disclosures and Incidents," Proceedings of the Seventh Workshop on Economics of Information Security (WEIS), June 2008.
Kannan, K., Rees, J., and Sridhar, S. (2007) "Market Reactions to Security Breach Announcements: An Empirical Analysis," International Journal of E-Commerce, 12(1): 69-91.
Arora, A., Greenwald, A., Kannan, K., and Krishnan, R. (2007) "Effects of Information Revelation Policies Under Market Structure Uncertainty," Management Science, 53(8): 1234-1248.
Rahman, M., Kannan, K., and Tawarmalani, M. "The Countervailing Incentive of Restricted Patch Distribution: Economic and Policy Implications," Proceedings of the Sixth Workshop on Economics of Information Security (WEIS), June 2007.
Zhang, G., Kannan, K., and Tan, Y. "Optimal Patching Effort against Internet Worms," Proceedings of the Sixteenth Annual Workshop on Information Technology and Systems (WITS), December 2006.
Tawarmalani, M., Kannan, K., and De, P. "A Mechanism for Allocating Objects in a Network of Symmetric Caches," Proceedings of the Tenth Annual Workshop on Information Technology and Systems (WITS), December 2005. (Received the best paper award; see also the Awards and Honors section.)
Kannan, K., and Telang, R. (2005) "Markets for vulnerabilities? Think again," Management Science, 51(5): 726-741.
Kannan, K., and Telang, R. (2004) "An Economic Analysis for Market for Software Vulnerabilities," Workshop on Economics of Information Security (WEIS), 2004. 

Biography

Karthik Kannan is currently the Associate Dean for Research and Partnerships, Thomas Howatt Chaired Professor in Management at Purdue's Krannert School of Management, and also the director for the Krenicki Center for Business Analytics & Machine Learning. In the past, he has served as the academic director for the MBA programs, and also as the academic co-director for MS (Business Analytics and Information Management).

Professor Kannan has been recognized as a thought leader in digital transformations, analysis of digital traces, and strategic foresighting. He has published many papers in leading management journals, including Management Science. For his research, he analyzed different kinds of data including from Kickstarter, Yelp, social networks, an online grocery store, and retailer stores (e.g., Amazon). He also teaches a class on Instinctual Design and Strategic Foresighting. He is also a CERIAS Fellow and Krannert's Faculty Fellow. For 2017-18, he was awarded the prestigious Jefferson Science Fellowship by the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering.

Prior to joining Purdue, he obtained his PhD 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 for a couple of years. His undergraduate degree is in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from NIT Trichy (formerly, REC Trichy). 

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