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Arun Sundararajan

Arun Sundararajan

Leonard N. Stern School of Business
Kaufman Management Center
44 West Fourth Street, 8-90
New York, NY 10012

E-mail arun@stern.nyu.edu
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Biography

Arun Sundararajan is the Harold Price Professor of Entrepreneurship and Professor of Technology, Operations and Statistics at New York University’s (NYU) Stern School of Business, and an affiliated faculty member at many of NYU’s interdisciplinary research centers, including the Center for Data Science and the Center for Urban Science and Progress. His best-selling and award-winning book, “The Sharing Economy,” was published by the MIT Press in 2016, and has been translated into Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese and Vietnamese.

Professor Sundararajan's research studies how digital technologies transform business, government and civil society. He has published over 50 scientific papers in peer-reviewed academic journals and conferences, and over 35 op-eds in outlets that include The New York Times, The Financial Times, The Guardian, Wired, Le Monde, Bloomberg View, Fortune, Entrepreneur, The Economic Times, Harvard Business Review and Quartz. His scholarship has been recognized by seven Best Paper awards, two Google Faculty awards, an Axiom Best Business Books Award, and a Thnkers50 Radar Thinker Award. He has given hundreds of keynote, plenary and invited talks at industry, government and academic forums internationally. Watch his 2016 Davos panel. He has provided expert input about the digital economy as testimony to the United States Congress, the European Parliament, and to city, state and federal government agencies that include the Presidential Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, the Federal Trade Commission the National Economic Council, the Federal Reserve Bank, the US Department of Labor, the White House, and the Washington State House of Representatives. He is a widely sought-after commentator by top media platforms. Keep up with his latest views and opinions.

Arun is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Technology, Values and Policy, and serves on the Steering Committee of their Operating Models for the Future project. He is an advisor to numerous organizations that include the National Academy of Science, the City of New York, the City of Seoul, Walmart Corporation, Cisco Systems, the Female Founders Fund, the Internet Society of China, OuiShare, Samasource, the National League of Cities, the Royal Society for the Arts and the Center for Global Enterprise. He works with tech companies on issues of strategy and regulation, and with non-tech companies trying to understand how to forecast and address changes induced by digital technologies. He teaches in NYU Stern executive education programs in the U.S., Europe and Asia, focusing primarily on digital strategy and governance. He teaches full-time MBA students about hi-tech entrepreneurship, undergraduates about networks, crowds and markets, and doctoral students about digital economics. He is an occasional angel investor.

Research Interests

  • Crowd-Based Capitalism
  • The Sharing Economy
  • The Future of Work
  • Antitrust in Digital and Platform Industries
  • Platform Regulation and Governance
  • Digital Labor
  • Data Science
  • Computational Social Science
  • Intellectual Property and Digital Piracy
  • Network Effects

Courses Taught

  • Calculus with Business Applications
  • Digital Economics
  • Digital Strategy
  • Microeconomics: Theory and Applications
  • Network Analytics
  • Networks, Crowds, and Markets
  • Tech and the City

Academic Background

Ph.D., Business Administration
University of Rochester

M.S., Management Science
University of Rochester

B.Tech., Electrical Engineering
IIT, Madras

Related News & Research

In an in-depth video segment, Prof Arun Sundararajan reacts to a recent California appeals court ruling impacting Uber and Lyft and explains why on-demand ride hail is crucial at a time when there are health safety concerns about using mass transit

In a live interview, Professor Arun Sundararajan explains why he expects dine-in demand to keep growing even after the COVID-19 pandemic and why Uber Technologies and DoorDash are poised to benefit from the shift

Professor Arun Sundararajan notes that because Microsoft has been focused on the enterprise, the company has been able to operate more successfully than other tech giants in China

In a video interview, Professor Arun Sundararajan discusses the next phase for Big Tech after the leaders of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google testified in front of Congress last week

Professor Arun Sundararajan shares insights on the upcoming House Judiciary antitrust subcommittee hearing

New, joint research from Professor Arun Sundararajan and PhD student Manav Raj underscoring the importance digital platforms have in ensuring business continuity and providing future resilience during the COVID-19 Pandemic is highlighted

COVID-19 and Digital Resilience: Evidence from Uber Eats

New Research from NYU Stern and Uber Eats Shows How Digital Platforms Helped Support SMB Restaurants During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Professor Arun Sundararajan is quoted in an article addressing California's plans to go to court to compel Uber and Lyft to reclassify their drivers as employees

Professor Arun Sundararajan predicts that U.S. online apparel sales will exceed in-store sales in 2020 for the first time

In a wide-ranging video interview, Professor Arun Sundararajan explains that Facebook may open “a Pandora’s box” in possibly redefining its responsibilities for moderating online content

COVID Makes Tech Policy Like CDA 230 More Important Than Ever

In a story exploring how the coronavirus crisis will shape the future of the sharing economy, Professor Arun Sundararajan predicts a major shift away from hotels and towards vacation rentals and Airbnbs

Professor Arun Sundararajan highlights how the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the inevitable phase in the evolution of ride hailing in which companies would rely less on aggressive discounting and prices would go up

Professor Arun Sundararajan asserts that the rise of delivery services doesn’t need to be at the expense of restaurants, noting that most of the successful businesses in the industry have active digital channels

In a story exploring the impact of the coronavirus crisis on hotels, Professor Arun Sundararajan explains why the industry could be facing a 50% of workforce cut over the next year

In a live interview, Professor Arun Sundararajan shares his reaction to the declining first-quater U.S. GDP numbers and illustrates the impact of the coronavirus crisis on the sharing economy

Professor Arun Sundararajan's recent comments exploring how a crisis can serve as an accelerant for change are featured

Professor Arun Sundararajan explains how crises can serve as catalysts for change

Professor Arun Sundararajan is interviewed about how the coronavirus crisis could catalyze or even accelerate an ongoing change within the sharing economy; his book "The Sharing Economy" is spotlighted

Areas of Expertise

Company

  • Airbnb
  • Amazon
  • Apple
  • Facebook
  • Google
  • Microsoft
  • Uber

Department of Technology, Operations & Statistics

  • Crowdsourcing
  • Internet Law
  • Privacy

Economics

  • Antitrust & Regulatory Issues
  • Game Theory
  • Internet Economics
  • Sharing Economy

Industry

  • Digital
  • Information Technology

Marketing

  • Social Media

Region/Country

  • China
  • India
  • Japan