K. Kumar is the Apeejay Surrendra Chair Professor of Family Business and Entrepreneurship and Chairperson (Academic Activities) at the N.S. Raghavan Center for Entrepreneurial Learning (NSRCEL) at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB). He joined IIMB after sixteen years of experience in the industry, having held positions as CEO, President and Management Consultant in reputed organizations.
Kumar was also an entrepreneur, and had started and nurtured to growth three different companies dealing with consumer products, information technology services and techno-commercial services. He served as the Chairperson of NSRCEL during 2008-2012 directing its research, teaching and training activities, besides running a business incubation center. Kumar was awarded the ICCR Chair Visiting Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Athens University of Economics and Business and was also a Visiting Scholar at the University of Sydney. His research interests are in the areas of high growth entrepreneurship in emerging economies, international entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship education and family business management. In addition to offering core and elective courses in entrepreneurship in all the long duration programs at IIMB, he has also, designed and taught many executive education programs, such as the Management Program for Entrepreneurs and Family Businesses (MPEFB), Business Leadership Program for CREDAI and Managing Family Businesses for Sustained Success. Apart from publishing his research in leading academic journals including Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Long Range Planning and South Asian Journal of Management, he has also contributed columns to reputed business publications like The Wall Street Journal and The Entrepreneur. He continues to be actively involved with corporate organizations as an advisor, mentor and member of the Board in publicly listed and unlisted companies.
Kumar holds a B.E degree in Electrical and Electronics, and is an alumnus of both PGP (MBA) and FPM (Ph.D) programs of IIMB.