Arun Sundararajan Speaker

Arun Sundararajan

Professor at New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business

Arun Sundararajan: Biography highlights

Welcome to the “New Economy”, as digitalization has opened up limitless possibilities for innovation – from the proliferation of artificial intelligence (AI) to the rise of digital platforms – the foundations of society and assumptions about trust have been disrupted and upended.

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Renowned economist Professor Arun Sundararajan says these transformations amount to the decline of one kind of economy, “managerial capitalism” (when institutions drive markets) and the ascent of the sharing economy, or what Sundararajan calls “crowd-based capitalism.”

The reinvention of trust mechanisms and the unraveling of corporate hierarchies have significant implications for existing companies, startups and the future of work itself and Sundararajan is the world’s foremost academic to analyze this monumental shift.

For more than two decades, Professor Sundararajan, the Robert L. and Dale Atkins Rosen Faculty Fellow at New York University’s (NYU) Stern School of Business, has researched, written, taught and spoken about the economics behind the digital transformations occurring in business and society. His work, which holds a new lens to the future of business and technology, provides actionable strategies for how to prepare for the fast-changing digital world. Sundararajan’s best-selling book, “The Sharing Economy: The End of Employment and the Rise of Crowd-Based Capitalism,” (MIT Press, May 2016) is the seminal work on this radical development in how people buy, sell, travel and work and has become an influential resource to business leaders across the world seeking to understand how our shopping and sharing behaviors are changing.

As his thinking evolved, Sundararajan has found the sharing economy to be just one aspect of a broader restructuring of business and society by digital technologies. In addition to speaking to large and small enterprises about how to realize value from sharing-economy models, Sundararajan reveals to global audiences the business and societal implications of emerging technologies, such as AI, deep learning, the blockchain, robotics and autonomous vehicles; the changing nature of trust and the new ways in which individuals interface with institutions; and the forces that will radically shape the workplace, including the restructuring of human labor and the effects of automation on the future of work over the next 20 years.

A highly respected researcher, Sundararajan advises tech companies at various stages on issues of strategy and regulation, and non-tech companies from a wide range of industries trying to understand how to forecast and address changes induced by digital technologies, artificial intelligence, the blockchain and other disruptive innovations. Sundararajan has also provided expert input about the digital economy as part of Congressional testimony and to various city, state and federal government agencies, including the Presidential Council of Advisers on Science and Technology, the National Economic Council, the Federal Reserve Bank, the White House and the Federal Trade Commission.

Sundararajan has published more than 50 scientific papers in peer-reviewed academic journals and conferences and has given more than 200 invited talks at industry, government and academic forums around the world. His research has been recognized by six Best Paper awards, two Google Faculty awards and a variety of other competitive grants. Sundararajan teaches in five different NYU Stern Executive Education programs in the U.S., Europe and Asia, primarily focusing on digital strategy. He also teaches full-time MBA students about digital entrepreneurship, undergraduates about networks, crowds and markets and doctoral students about digital economics. Sundararajan is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Technology, Values and Policy, a Fellow of the Urban Design Forum and serves as an advisor to numerous organizations that include the city of New York, the city of Seoul, the Female Founders Fund, the Internet Society of China, Samasource, OuiShare, the National League of Cities, the Royal Society for the Arts and the Center for Global Enterprise.

A sought-after source for expert insights and perspectives by top media platforms, Sundararajan’s more than 35 op-eds and frequent expert commentary have appeared in TIME, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Guardian, Washington Post, Wired, TechCrunch, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times and Harvard Business Review. He has spoken on numerous NPR shows and appeared on television shows around the world, including those on BBC, Bloomberg TV, CBS, CNBC, CNN and PBS.

Professor Sundararajan earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras and a master’s in management science and doctorate in business administration from the University of Rochester.

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Democratic reform for Digital Platforms | Dr. Arun Sundararajan | TEDxGateway
Democratic reform for Digital Platforms | Dr. Arun Sundararajan | TEDxGateway
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Issue Briefing: Is Market Power Strangling Competition and Innovation?
Issue Briefing: Is Market Power Strangling Competition and Innovation?
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The Sharing Economy and the Future of Digital Governance | Arun Sundararajan | Talks at Google
The Sharing Economy and the Future of Digital Governance | Arun Sundararajan | Talks at Google
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Scott Galloway and NYU Professor Arun Sundararajan: Auto Industry Disruptors
Scott Galloway and NYU Professor Arun Sundararajan: Auto Industry Disruptors
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Prof. Arun Sundararajan on the Sharing Economy, Blockchain Markets & Crowd-Based Capitalism
Prof. Arun Sundararajan on the Sharing Economy, Blockchain Markets & Crowd-Based Capitalism
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Google

Information technology is disrupting a host of industries including transportation, hotels, banks, and marketplaces. The very nature of work is changing. Sundararajan offers an insightful guide to the forces shaping our economy today-and tomorrow.'

Hal Varian
Chief Economist
Cognitive Surplus and Here Comes Everybody

'Sundararajan has taken all the loose talk about the sharing economy and given it a rigorous and readable treatment. He makes it clear that there is no one model for these new economic forms, but that taken together, they represent a profound shift in how we think about everything from utility to capital to labor to employment.'

Clay Shirky
Author
and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies

'Fortunes have already been made in the sharing economy, yet the biggest impact on business and our daily lives is yet to come. There's no better guide to this transformation than Arun Sundararajan's book.'

Erik Brynjolfsson
Co-author, The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress

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