Gautam Mukunda

Assistant Professor of Business Administration

Gautam Mukunda is an Assistant Professor in the Organizational Behavior Unit of Harvard Business School. Before joining the business school he was the National Science Foundation Synthetic Biology ERC Postdoctoral Fellow resident at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Center for International Studies. He received his PhD from MIT in Political Science and an A.B. in Government from Harvard, magna cum laude. His research focuses on leadership, international relations, and the social and political implications of technological change. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and MIT's Security Studies Program and Program on Emerging Technologies.

Before graduate school he was a consultant with McKinsey & Company, where he focused on the pharmaceutical sector. He is Founding Managing Director of The Two Rivers Group, a strategy consulting firm focusing on applying insights from academia to private and public sector problems. He is a member of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Mentorship Committee of The Upakar Foundation, a national non-profit devoted to providing college scholarships to underprivileged students of South Asian descent. He is a Paul & Daisy Soros New American Fellow, an NSF IGERT Fellow, and a Next Generation Fellow of The American Assembly. He has published articles on leadership, military innovation, network-centric warfare, and the security and economic implications of synthetic biology in Security Studies, Parameters, Politics and the Life Sciences, Systems and Synthetic Biology, and the Washington Post. His first book, "Indispensable: When Leaders Really Matter," was published in September 2012 by Harvard Business Review Press.

Gautam Mukunda In the News

10 Feb 2014
HBS Working Knowledge
05 Dec 2013
Washington Post
15 Oct 2013
Al Jazeera America
28 Aug 2013
Wall Street Journal
26 Aug 2013
CNBC: Fast Money
04 Mar 2013
13 Nov 2012
American Public Media: Marketplace
07 Nov 2012
New York Times
25 Oct 2012
Our Changing Economic Times
16 Oct 2012
Washington Post
11 Oct 2012
Government Executive
09 Oct 2012
05 Oct 2012
U.S. News & World Report
24 Aug 2012