Gautam Mukunda

Assistant Professor of Business Administration

Gautam Mukunda is an Assistant Professor in the Organizational Behavior Unit of Harvard Business School and a Distinguished Visiting Professor for the Schwarzman Scholarship. His research focuses on leadership, international relations, and the political and economic implications of technological change. He is a Principal Investigator on the National Science Foundation’s Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and The Chief of Naval Operation’s Executive Advisory Panel, and a Jeopardy Champion. Before joining HBS he was a 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, where he was Team Captain of its National Champion Quiz Bowl Team.

Before graduate school he was a consultant with McKinsey & Company, where he focused on the pharmaceutical sector. He is on 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, a Next Generation Fellow of The American Assembly, a Member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on New Models of Leadership, and a member of the New England Regional Selection Committee for the White House Fellowship. He has published articles on leadership, financial reform, military innovation, network-centric warfare, and the security and economic implications of synthetic biology in Harvard Business Review, Foreign Policy, Security Studies, Parameters, Politics and the Life Sciences, Systems and Synthetic Biology, the Washington Post, Fast Company, and Slate. His first book, "Indispensable: When Leaders Really Matter," was published in 2012 by Harvard Business Review Press. His work has been profiled in The New York Times, the Economist, the Wall Street Journal, the New Yorker, the Washington Post, and All Things Considered.

Gautam Mukunda In the News

16 Feb 2017
WGBH: Greater Boston
14 Jun 2016
American Public Media: Marketplace
29 Feb 2016
New Yorker
21 Mar 2016
Harvard Business Review
09 Feb 2016
New York Times
27 Aug 2015
Harvard Political Review
27 Jul 2015
Washington Post
09 Jun 2015
15 May 2015
23 Mar 2015
Harvard Business School
22 Jan 2015
Harvard Business School
02 Dec 2014
New York Times
24 Oct 2014
Harvard Business School
20 May 2014
Harvard Business Review
10 Feb 2014
HBS Working Knowledge
06 Dec 2013
Harvard Business School
05 Dec 2013
Washington Post
16 Oct 2013
15 Oct 2013
Al Jazeera America
28 Aug 2013
Wall Street Journal
26 Aug 2013
CNBC: Fast Money
04 Mar 2013
28 Feb 2013
Foreign Policy
21 Feb 2013
Huffington Post
23 Jan 2013
Washington Post
13 Nov 2012
American Public Media: Marketplace
07 Nov 2012
Investors Business Daily
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
02 Oct 2012
Harvard Business Review
04 Sep 2012
HBR Blogs
24 Aug 2012