Share / Print

Arun Sundararajan

Arun Sundararajan

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

Personal website
Follow on Twitter


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

How Japan Can Win in the Ongoing AI War

In a live interview, Professor Arun Sundararajan discusses the case against a former Google engineer accused of stealing the company's trade secrets

In a live interview, Professor Arun Sundararajan discusses the case against a former Google engineer accused of stealing the company's trade secrets

In a live interview, Professor Arun Sundararajan discusses the importance of Uber and Lyft's expansion into suburban areas

Artificial Intelligence & the Future of Work

In a radio interview, Professor Arun Sundararajan comments on Lowe's decision to use third-party contracted workers for some of its business

In an interview, Professor Arun Sundararajan shares his outlook on both FTC’s and the Justice Department's antitrust probes into Facebook

We Can Do Better than Universal Basic Income for the Looming End of Work as We Know It

Professor Arun Sundararajan's analysis of Uber and Lyft's innovative business models is included

Professor Arun Sundararajan's book, "The Sharing Economy," is referenced

In a live interview, Professor Arun Sundararajan shares his outlook on the changing employment landscape

Professor Arun Sundararajan discusses Uber's IPO performance as it relates to the company’s overall business strategy

In a live interview, Professor Arun Sundararajan discusses whether Facebook and big data companies should be broken up

Professor Arun Sundararajan explains how going public will impact Uber's long-term growth strategy

Professor Arun Sundararajan comments on Uber's business strategy ahead of the company's IPO

Professor Arun Sundararajan’s comments on WeWork's Global Impact Report, in which he is quoted, are highlighted

Professor Arun Sundararajan is quoted in an article on former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick's potential earnings from the company's IPO

Professor Arun Sundararajan is interviewed for a story on the growth of the sharing economy

Professor Arun Sundararajan underscores the importance of Lyft drivers' satisfaction for the brand's long-term success

Professor Arun Sundararajan is interviewed about how Lyft and Uber driver protests will impact the companies

Areas of Expertise


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


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


  • Digital
  • Information Technology

Information, Operations & Management Sciences

  • Crowdsourcing
  • Internet Law
  • Privacy


  • Social Media


  • China
  • India
  • Japan