About Minu Kumar






MarketingCollege of Business


Science Building (SCI)


Office Hours: 

Tuesday: 10:15 am-12:15 pm

Office Hours (Additional Info): 

These hours are only when classes are in session in the Fall and Spring Semesters


At SF State Since:



Minu Kumar is a Professor of Marketing at San Francisco State University (SFSU) and serves as the Vice President of Academics for the Product Development Management Association (PDMA). PDMA publishes the Journal of Product Innovation Management. He received a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the Government College of Pharmacy (Bangalore University, 1996), a Masters in Business Administration (Concentration in Pharmaceutical Marketing, 2002) and a Ph.D in Marketing (minor: pharmaceutical marketing, 2008) from the University of Mississippi. His primary scholarly interest lies in the area of Innovation, New Product Design & Development (NPD), and Entrepreneurship. Some notable topics of interest include but are not limited to, product design, aesthetics, knowledge management, acquisition and in-licensing innovation, DTCA (Direct to Consumer Advertising) and drug safety, among others and research methodology using multivariate statistical techniques such as structural equation modeling and multilevel modeling. One healthcare related research interest that has piqued his interest in recent times is in the risk assessment of currently marketed prescription only lifestyle drugs.

Professor Kumar has published in journals such as the Journal of Product Innovation Management, Journal of Consumer Psychology, International Journal of Research in Marketing among others. He serves on the Editorial Review Board of Journal of Product Innovation Management. He is also an ad hoc reviewer for journals such as the Journal of Marketing, Journal of Retailing, European Journal of Marketing, Journal of Business Ethics among others. He has won several awards such as the Best Overall Conference Paper award at the Summer AMA conference (2011) and the University President’s Award for Research. He has also worked for or consulted with firms such as Barilla, SAP, Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals (Now Daiichi Sankyo), Novo Nordisk Pharmaceuticals, Schering Plough Pharmaceuticals (Now Merck), Medtronic, Glaxo Smithkline, among others on sales and marketing projects.