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.

Washington Post, On Leadership Blog
12/05/2013

Jena McGregor

Al Jazeera America
10/15/2013
Washington Post
09/30/2013

Karen Tumulty

HBS--The Business
09/11/2013

As the world waits for an end to the crisis in Syria, President Obama is facing arguably the most challenging foreign policy situation of his presidency. HBS Professor of Business Administration Gautam Mukunda, author of Indispensable: When Leaders Really Matter, comments today forThe Business: Currency on leading in times of crisis. What are the constraints in this situation, and how will Obama decide what to do?

Wall Street Journal
08/28/2013

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CNBC.com
08/26/2013
Barking Up the Wrong Tree (blog)
03/18/2013

Eric Barker

Barron's
03/04/2013

Carrie Coolidge

Big Think
02/12/2013

Gautam Mukunda

Abraham Lincoln's humility comes from a lot of places, but it probably starts with his sense of empathy.

WBZ-AM News Radio 1030
02/11/2013

Dan Rea

Gautam Mukunda, an Assistant Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School and Author, stops by the studio to discuss what it really takes to be a great leader. What makes a leader significant? What would make them indispensable? Do leaders matter?  

Marketplace
11/13/2012

Shereen Marisol Meraji

New York Times
11/06/2012

Thomas Friedman

Forbes
10/30/2012

Rick Wartzman

Our Changing Economic Times (blog)
10/25/2012

T T Ram Mohan

National Public Radio
10/25/2012

Shankar Vedantam

Harvard Gazette
10/19/2012

Katie Koch

Washington Post
10/16/2012

Tom Fox

Government Executive
10/11/2012

Bryan Klopack and Mark Micheli

Maclean's
10/09/2012

John Geddes

U.S. News & World Report
10/05/2012

Kira Zalan

HBS Working Knowledge
09/04/2012

Kim Girard

Fortune
08/24/2012

David Whitford