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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

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

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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

Professor Arun Sundararajan shares why he believes the coronavirus crisis could dramatically accelerate technological changes, noting that the gig economy flourished after the financial crisis in 2008

Professor Arun Sundararajan explains why the reliance on full-time employers to deliver safety-net benefits for workers had been breaking down long before the current coronavirus crisis, noting the need to refashion the social safety net

Professor Arun Sundararajan comments in a story exploring the next phase of tech featuring AI-as-a-Service offerings

Professor Arun Sundararajan shares his predictions for how office life might change by 2030, noting that cubicles with desktop computers will give way to augmented-reality headsets

Professor Arun Sundararajan discusses how a widespread outbreak of the coronavirus could impact consumers who rely on the gig economy

Professor Arun Sundararajan explains why Airbnb should consider delaying its IPO, noting that there’s too much uncertainty with consumers and businesses canceling travel plans around the globe to realistically price the stock

Professor Arun Sundararajan notes that Airbnb has faced a harder regulatory and legal path than other tech companies because it straddles both the digital and analog worlds

In a live interview, Professor Arun Sundararajan explains why circumstances surrounding WeWork underscores a transparency issue among early-stage IPOs

Discussion highlights from the Fubon Center for Technology, Business and Innovation's "Digital Leaders Series" fireside chat with Professor Arun Sundararajan and Airbnb co-founder Nathan Blecharczyk are spotlighted

In a podcast interview, Professor Arun Sundararajan shares his thoughts on the sharing economy, the end of ownership and the trouble with GDP; his book, "The Sharing Economy," is referenced

Professor Arun Sundararajan comments on the state of capitalism in a special series on the future of capitalism, noting that the distribution of wealth is not well-defined in today's digital era

Professor Arun Sundararajan is quoted in a story exploring the growing challenge of employee retention in response to the changing nature of work; his book, "The Sharing Economy," is referenced

In a live interview, Professor Arun Sundararajan asserts that Airbnb should have the highest valuation among sharing economy platforms

In an interview, Professor Arun Sundararajan explains why smaller retailers are feeling increased pressure to deliver packages quickly during the holiday season

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