Professor of Business Administration and Diane & Steven N. Miller Centennial Chair
Educational BackgroundPh.D., Business Administration (Marketing) (Psychology), University of Minnesota, 1990
B.Tech., Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology at Madras, 1985
Positions HeldProfessor of Business Administration, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2009 to present
Faculty Advisor, iMBA, College of Business, 2015-2016
Diane and Steven N. Miller Professor in Business, University of Illinois, 2012-2015
Miller Faculty Fellow in the Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership, University of Illinois, 2010-2012
Associate Professor of Business Administration, University of Illinois, 1998-2009
Assistant Professor of Business Administration, University of Illinois, 1990-1998
Recent PublicationsViswanathan, M., Sreekumar, -. , Gau, R. Forthcoming. Evolving and Expanding Marketing to Address Challenges and Opportunities in Subsistence Marketplaces: Looking Back and Forward . In Ramendra Singh (Ed.), Bottom of the Pyramid Marketing: Making, Shaping and Developing BOP Markets. Emerald Group Publishing, Ltd..
Venugopal, S., Viswanathan, M. Forthcoming. Poverty and the Subsistence Marketplaces Approach: Implications for Marketing Theory . Marketing Theory
Hedeman, J., Hanlon, T., Venugopal, S., Viswanathan, M. 2017. Voices From Subsistence Marketplaces. CreativeSpace.
Viswanathan, M. 2017. What the subsistence marketplaces stream is really about: Beginning with micro-level understanding and being bottom-up . Journal of Marketing Management
Viswanathan, M. 2017. Marketing and Poverty Alleviation: Synergizing Research, Education, and Outreach Through the Subsistence Marketplaces Approach. Markets, Globalization & Development Review
Viswanathan, M. 2017. Subsistence Marketplaces at the Confluence of Culture, Poverty and Low Literacy: Materially Poor But Relationally Rich. In Hester van Herk, and Carlos Torelli (Ed.), Cross Cultural Issues in Consumer Science and Consumer Psychology: Current Perspectives and Future Directions . New York: Springer Publications.
Viswanathan, M., Sreekumar, -. 2017. Marketing and Poverty Alleviation: Synergizing Research, Education, and Outreach Through the Subsistence Marketplaces Approach.. Markets, Globalization & Development Review
Viswanathan, M., Kayande, U., Bagozzi, R., Cheng, Y., Reithmuller, S. 2017. Effects of Methodological Factors on Measurement Error. TPM - Testing, Psychometrics, Methodology in Applied Psychology, 24: 1-34
Viswanathan, M., S.Guest, J., Velentino, L., Kupaza, R., Bauza, V., J. Marinas, B. 2017. A Bottom-Up Approach to Short-Term Immersion in Subsistence Marketplaces: Methodological and Substantive Lessons on Poverty and the Environment from Tanzania. Organization and Environment, 29: 438-460
Viswanathan, M. 2016. Bottom-Up Enterprise: Insights From Subsistence Marketplaces. eBookpartnership.
Honors and AwardsCoursera Outstanding Educator Transformation Award, Coursera, 2017
University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) International Leadership Award, University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA), 2017
Member, Livelihood Advisory Board, United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), United Nations Refugee Agency, 2014-2016
Faculty Speaker, Fall New Student Convocation, University of Illinois., University of Illinois, 2015
Pearson Prentice Hall Solomon-Marshall-Stuart Award for Innovative Excellence in Marketing Education, AMA Teaching and Learning SIG., American Marketing Association, 2015
Outstanding Marketing Teacher, Academy of Marketing Science, 2014
Sustainability Fellow, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, University of Illinois, 2013-2014
Teaching and Research Interests
Teaches courses on marketing research, measurement and research design, sustainable product and market development for subsistence marketplaces, sustainable marketing/business enterprises, global business horizons, and engineering for global development.
Research focuses on literacy, poverty, and subsistence marketplace behavior, and measurement and research design. Director of the Marketplace Literacy Project (www.marketplaceliteracy.org) which aims to improve practices of businesses, policy-makers, and educators in serving the needs of low-literate consumers.